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Physical Therapists

Also called: Home Care Physical Therapist, Pediatric Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist (PT), Staff Physical Therapist (Staff PT)

Where in the Coast Guard? In the Coast Guard: Therapy

What they do:
Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
  • customer service
  • management
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • biology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions


  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Social Orientation
  • Self Control
  • Analytical Thinking


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Advantage Software Physical Therapy Advantage
  • Clinicient Insight
Word processing software
  • Exercise routine creation software
  • Microsoft Word
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
doctoral degree
usually needed

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