Chicago, IL (PressExposure) October 03, 2011 -- October 1 is the start of National Physical Therapy Month -- an opportunity for to discover how physical therapists and physical therapy assistant staff can make a difference in the lives of people everywhere. And to mark this celebration, a new website "A Physical Therapy Assistant" is being launched to help the growing numbers of students and career change candidates flocking to this fast-growing area of health care services.
More and more people are becoming aware of the career advantages of physical therapy as a profession, as well as the benefits it can provide to society at large. Estimates by the Bureau of Labor Statistics have predicted a much faster than average growth in job opportunities for physical therapist assistants in the next few years, as life expectancy continues to increase and demographic changes highlight the growing proportion of the elderly in the population. As the baby boomer generation passes the retirement age, it's expected that there will be further demand for the services of physical therapists as this group seeks ways to maintain an active lifestyle as they get older.
Darius Maffick, a contributor to the website, said "Being a physical therapy assistant is an attractive option for students coming out of high school who are looking for a career which doesn't tie them to an office desk. It offers a competitive salary, and the prospect of rewarding work with a variety of people on a day-to-day basis. It also appeals to those who are seeking to transition to a health care job, but haven't the time or money to go back to grad school. We offer helpful information to people like these about the nature of the career, finding accredited training programs, salary potential, and similar topics."
After entering professional practice, physical therapy assistants work under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. They have an important role to play in delivering many aspects of the hands-on treatment plan that the physical therapist has devised for the patient. In this respect, their work can vary widely according to the needs of individual patients, and it calls for them to exercise a wide range of interpersonal skills as well as technical knowledge.
"National Physical Therapy Month is a great way to make society better aware of the many ways in which physical therapy can help to enhance people's lives through wellness programs as well as rehabilitation treatments," said Maffick. "People interested in a career as a physical therapy assistant can visit our new website to find out more about training options and career details."