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Becoming a physical therapist requires you to have specific characteristics and traits that may be beneficial to the field. If you wish to become a physical therapist, you will need to obtain an education in addition to the qualities you possess. Combining certain traits with an education can be done by completing an accredited associate or bachelor degree as well as a master or doctoral degree program. The required training will be specific to the career being pursued and the level of education you choose to complete. You will need to possess personal characteristics and traits that are useful when working with others in this field.

Two of the main careers that can be pursued in the field of physical therapy are rehabilitation therapist and occupational therapist. Pursuing a successful career as an occupational therapist or rehabilitation therapist will require that you have a certain personality or characteristics. With the right qualities you can find employment in hospitals, physician offices, clinics, and outpatient care centers. Pursuing a career in this area of the field requires that you possess traits like:
  • patience
  • interpersonal skills
  • respect
  • imagination
  • problem solving skills
These qualities will help you work with individuals to help them regain skills that have been lost due to a physical or mental injury. You can learn how to work with others who suffer from cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, and those who need adaptive equipment to carry out daily living tasks.

Physical therapy aides help occupational, physical, and rehabilitation therapists carry out specific tasks. In order to become a physical therapy assistant, you will need to complete the appropriate training and possess certain characteristics and traits. Obtaining knowledge and skills in these areas can help if you have qualities such as good communication, empathy, motivation, compassion, and confidence.

Having a personality type like ISFJ (Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging), INTJ (Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging), or ESFJ (Extraverted Sensing Feeling Judging), can benefit you when pursuing a career in physical therapy. Once training is completed you can pursue a professional physical therapy aide career if you have the necessary characteristics and traits. Employment can be found with mental health facilities, nursing facilities, and physical therapy offices.

When looking to enter a professional career, you can start by enrolling in an accredited school or college that offers physical therapy degree programs. This will allow you to receive the training you need in order to obtain certain skills that can be used in combination with your personal characteristics. The training provided will enable you the opportunity to enter the career you desire and help others. In order to learn more, you can contact a qualified program and request more information about the career opportunities and the training and qualities that are needed for success.

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