How To Become A Therapist
When deciding what to study and devote your career to, it’s easy to see why someone would want to be a therapist. Therapists help others by improving their quality of life and work with people of all ages. Not only that, but therapist jobs are in high demand. So much that you can work as a travel therapist for contract jobs that last around 13 weeks. These jobs allow you to travel across the country, get paid better, and offer a load of other benefits. Though let’s not get ahead of ourselves. If you’re interested in starting in the therapy field, we’ve got comprehensive guides for each discipline.
Speech-language pathologists or SLPs help to treat and manage communication disorders that affect speech production, feeding, swallowing, voice, and cognition. They work with people of all ages, including small children or senior citizens. SLPs have to have a master’s or doctorate degree from an accredited university, pass a national exam, and complete a 35 week supervised clinical fellowship. The Advanced Travel Therapy New Grad Program has a subdivision especially dedicated to Clinical Fellows. We connect them with CCC-certified mentors that help them complete their clinical fellowship while enjoying the benefits of travel therapy.
Physical Therapists or PTs help diagnose and treat individuals for conditions that limit or affect their ability to move and perform functional activities. They develop treatment plans and techniques to enhance physical abilities. They often work with a physical therapy assistant and can help prevent progressive symptoms and impairments. To become a PT you need to receive your doctorate degree from an accredited program and pass a national exam. The DPT program lasts 3 years and consists of a blend of coursework and clinical experience.
Occupational Therapists or OTs help people of all ages do the things they need to do, and also want to do. It sounds like a vague description, but the truth is that OTs wear many hats. They work closely with their patients to develop goals and personalized plan to achieve them. Occupational therapists work with children with disabilities and help them develop skills to use in school and social settings. They may also work with older adults that have suffered strokes or other ailments that affect their cognitive of physical abilities. OTs have to graduate with a doctorate degree from an accredited school, take an exam, and get a state license.
If you want to improve people’s lives while having adventures across the country, then you would make an excellent therapist! Are you already a therapist?