In the Air Force:
Dental Assistant; Dental Assistant Craftsman; Dental Assistant Journeyman; Health Services Management; Health Services Management Helper; Occupational Therapist; Physical Medicine Apprentice; Physical Medicine Craftsman, Orthotic; Physical Medicine Helper, Orthotic; Physical Medicine Manager
In the Army:
Medical Specialist Corps Officer; Occupational Therapy; Occupational Therapy Specialist; Physical Therapy; Physical Therapy Specialist; Unit Supply Specialist
For patients recovering from injuries or illness... the work to regain lost abilities or get relief from pain is supported by physical therapist assistants and aides. These healthcare workers have the stamina, compassion and skills to help patients get back on their feet. Working under the supervision of physical therapists, physical therapist-or PT-assistants provide direct care to patients... using massage, exercises, and specialized activities such as gait and balance training. They document patients' progress and report their observations to the physical therapist. To ensure progress is maintained after treatment, PT assistants also educate patients and their families about follow-up. Physical therapist aides prepare the treatment area for physical therapy, clean and set up equipment, and assist patients moving to and from treatment areas. Aides also order supplies, schedule therapy sessions, and complete insurance forms. Most assistants and aides work in physical therapists' offices or hospitals. They are in motion much of the day to see patients, set up equipment, and lift and move patients when needed. Physical therapist assistants need an associate's degree from an accredited program, along with a state license or certification. Aides usually need a high school diploma or equivalent, and can expect to learn clinical skills on the job. Supporting patients through discouragement, fear and pain, PT assistants and aides help bring recovery goals ... within reach.
What they do:
Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.
On the job, you would:
Clean and organize work area and disinfect equipment after treatment.
Instruct, motivate, safeguard, or assist patients practicing exercises or functional activities, under direction of medical staff.
Record treatment given and equipment used.
therapy and counseling
medicine and dentistry
Education and Training
teaching and course design
Arts and Humanities
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
understanding people's reactions
changing what is done based on other people's actions
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
Hand and Finger Use
keep your arm or hand steady
put together small parts with your fingers
People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
Concern for Others
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Electronic mail software
high school diploma/GED or associate's degree usually needed
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.