Sample 1 - State of California

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Physical Therapists
(SOC Code : 29-1123)
in California

Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and decrease or prevent deformity of patients suffering from disease or injury.

Employers are usually looking for candidates with a Master's degree .

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Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
California 20141st Qtr$44.42$38.17$43.83$51.28

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
California 2012 - 202216,40021,1004,70028.7870

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Possible Licenses Required and Issuing Authority[Top]
License Title
License Authority
Physical TherapistDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Physical Therapy Board of California
Applications and Licensing Services Unit
www.ptbc.ca.gov
Kinesiological Electromyography (KEMG) CertificateDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Physical Therapy Board of California
Applications and Licensing Services Unit
www.ptbc.ca.gov
Electroneuromyography (ENMG) CertificateDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Physical Therapy Board of California
Applications and Licensing Services Unit
www.ptbc.ca.gov

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 47,26334.8%
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,67525.4%
Home Health Care Services 4,1288.7%
Nursing Care Facilities 2,5588.3%
Offices of Physicians 63,2186.4%
Outpatient Care Centers 7,5474.0%
Elementary and Secondary Schools 17,3871.1%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Kinesiotherapy/Kinesiotherapist
Physical Therapy/Therapist

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Plan, prepare, or carry out individually designed programs of physical treatment to maintain, improve, or restore physical functioning, alleviate pain, or prevent physical dysfunction in patients.
Perform and document an initial exam, evaluating data to identify problems and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention.
Evaluate effects of treatment at various stages and adjust treatments to achieve maximum benefit.
Identify and document goals, anticipated progress, and plans for reevaluation.
Record prognosis, treatment, response, and progress in patient`s chart or enter information into computer.
Obtain patients` informed consent to proposed interventions.
Review physician`s referral and patient`s medical records to help determine diagnosis and physical therapy treatment required.
Test and measure patient`s strength, motor development and function, sensory perception, functional capacity, or respiratory or circulatory efficiency and record data.
Discharge patient from physical therapy when goals or projected outcomes have been attained and provide for appropriate follow-up care or referrals.
Instruct patient and family in treatment procedures to be continued at home.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Time Management - Managing one`s own time and the time of others.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Recognition - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

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Alternate Titles
Licensed Physical Therapy Assistants; Pediatric Physical Therapists; Pulmonary Physical Therapists; Sports Physical Therapists; and Physiotherapists.
 
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