Your Questions About Health And Fitness Careers

Linda asks…

What is the best center to pick for school?

Enviormental (chemcals)
metorlogy (weather)
Health and fitness

dknol answers:

Depends totally on your interest in the material and your interest in working in that area as an adult. Also depends are which university you are planning on attending and the scholarships awarded.

For example, if a career in biology related work does not sound interesting, and career choices are limited, health and fitness would not seem to be a good choice to most.

Michael asks…

What career choices are available from Bachelor of Health and Bachelor of Health Science?

Hello I was looking into some Universities in order to apply to some Universities in this area of work. What careers are available from these forms of educations? Will I be able to have a successful living after? Thanks

dknol answers:

Abuse / Crisis Counselor
Addictions Counselor
Adoption Counselor
Animal Caretaker
Art / Music Therapist
Bereavement Counsellor
Brewmaster
Career Coach
career Counsellor
Caterer
Child and Youth Worker
Communications Specialist
Community Worker
Costume Designer
Craftsperson
Credit Counsellor
Dietitian
Early Childhood Educator
Elementary School Teacher
Family Physician
Fashion Designer
Fitness Instructor
Motivate people to become fit and have fun.
Food Inspector
Food Scientist
Genetic Counsellor
Gerontologist
Health Care Administrator
High School Teacher
Home Economist
Homemaker
Hotel Manager
Human Resources Specialist
Humanitarian Aid Worker
Image Consultant
Industrial-Organizational Psychologist
Interior Designer
Investment Advisor
Market Research Analyst
Marketing Specialist
Marriage and Family Therapist
Mediator
Middle School Teacher
Midwife
Mortgage Broker
Motivational Speaker
Occupational Therapist
Outdoor Guide
Pediatrician
Personal Financial Planner
Personal Trainer
Physical Education Teacher
Principal
Probation Officer
Professor
Psychiatrist
Psychologist
Public Health Nurse
Public Policy Analyst
Public Relations Specialist
Real Estate Appraiser
Recreation Director
Recreation Therapist
Recruiter
Rehabilitation Counsellor
Religious Worker
Retail Buyer
Sales Representative
School Counsellor
School Superintendent
Set Designer
Social Worker
Sociologist
Special Education Teacher
Tour Guide
Wedding Planner
Winemaker

Hope this helps

Robert asks…

What does a physical therapist do exactly?

I'm looking into career paths and was interested in physical therapy. I like details. And also do they work in a specific hospital or move around to different ones?

dknol answers:

The national jPT accociation: the APTA can say it better than I can.

Http://www.apta.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Career_as_PT_PTA&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=242&ContentID=31095

Physical therapists (PTs) are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility – in many cases without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects.

PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices.

All PTs must receive a graduate degree from an accredited physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice. The majority of programs offer the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree.

WHAT DO PHYSICAL THERAPISTS EARN?

More than 175,000 physical therapists are licensed in the U.S. Today. The median salary for a physical therapist is $80,000 depending on position, years of experience, degree of education, geographic location, and practice setting.

WHERE DO PHYSICAL THERAPISTS PRACTICE?

Although many physical therapists practice in hospitals, over 80 percent practice in:

Outpatient clinics or offices
Inpatient rehabilitation facilities
Skilled nursing, extended care, or subacute facilities
Homes
Education or research centers
Schools
Hospices
Industrial, workplace, or other occupational environments
Fitness centers and sports training facilities
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BECOMING A PT?

The minimum educational requirement is a post-baccalaureate degree from an accredited education program. While some programs offer a master's degree, a growing majority of programs offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Currently, 199 colleges and universities nationwide support 212 accredited professional physical therapist education programs; 96% now offer the DPT and the remaining programs are planning to convert.

WHAT ARE THE LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS FOR BECOMING A PT?

After graduation, candidates must pass a state-administered national exam. Other requirements for physical therapy practice vary from state to state according to physical therapy practice acts or state regulations governing physical therapy.

WHAT IS THE EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therapists is expected to grow by 30 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), with just a 0.2 percent unemployment rate, physical therapists are now experiencing the best employment conditions since enactment of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.

For more information on a career in physical therapy, click here, or contact APTA Public Relations, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488, telephone: 703/706-3248, fax: 703/706-8578.

Ruth asks…

What kind of degree should I get in the health field?

I want to change careers and was thinking about getting some kind of degree that would allow me to work in the health field but not be a nurse or doctor? Something that has a good job outlook (southern indiana). I'm interested in health and fitness and/or doing computer work. What degrees can I get? I'm thinking physical therapy would be too much time. I need something I can maybe get online. I found “masters in health sciences with a specialty in public health” program online. What do u think?

dknol answers:

See links below for some other possibilities. Consider a degree in health administration/management, clinical laboratory science, dietetics, etc.

Mark asks…

Knowing my interests, what do you think Id be good at career wise?

I have my Cna certification. I was planning on continuing on to be an RN, however the math is way too hard I think, and id just waste time and money. I don't know what to do from here but I do not like being a CNA at all! I want to go back to school but need help deciding what for! I'm athletic and enjoy helping people. I was thinking group fitness instructor? Something combining health and fitness and helping people without being a RN. All answers are very appreciated! Thanks

dknol answers:

Physical therapist, physical therapy assistant, occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant, dental assistant, dental hygeinists, PE teacher, fitness instructor

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