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Blueprint for My Career

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We have all had that fateful question thrust upon us at some point in our life- “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Few realize the true magnitude of that question at such an early age. Truly, the reason for that is due to the fact that no one, at this point in life, interprets the question for what it truly means. “What do you want to learn in college? What path will you choose? What do you want to become and spend forty years, more or less, doing with your life?” Needless to say, it is anything but a minor decision. Picking a career is one of the most important choices an individual can make in life. It is extremely difficult to find a profession that provides a substantial source of income and satisfaction at the same time. Thus, my answer to that age-old question has been up for debate in my mind for a long time. Although the debate is ongoing, I have narrowed the field of choices somewhat. The careers that I am interested in are three very contrasting careers: A physical/occupational therapist, a multimedia artist/animator, and a college theology professor. First, a career as a physical therapist would be my primary choice, with occupational therapist being my secondary choice. These careers are extremely similar in terms of salary, educational requirements, and necessary skills. The primary difference between the two professions is that physical therapists focus on helping those who are victims of unfortunate accidents and face a sudden and drastic change in their life. On the other hand, occupational therapists focus on helping those who have illnesses or birth defects to learn life skills necessary for basic survival and independence (“Difference and Comparison”). The aspect that most attracted ... ... middle of paper ... ...a doctorate degree can be obtained to become an occupational therapist, but many occupational therapists hold a master’s degree (“How To Obtain Your Occupational Therapy Degree”). In conclusion, the job outlook is exceptional for physical and occupational therapists, as there is a never-ending demand for their services. In fact, the job growth rate for occupational therapists may be growing faster than that of physical therapists. Areas and settings for these careers include schools, nursing homes, hospitals, community or private agencies, within homes, outpatient clinics, and the military (“Ferguson”). The Air-Force, National Guard, Coast Guard, and Navy are all in need of these therapists. Benefits from working with the military include living space, food service, free health care, and service to our soldiers, veterans, and country (“Interest Profiler”).

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that choosing a career is one of the most important choices an individual can make in life.
  • Compares the careers of physical and occupational therapists in terms of salary, educational requirements, and necessary skills. both focus on providing assistance to those in need.
  • Explains that physical therapists must possess a variety of necessary skills, including the ability to effectively communicate with others through spoken and written words, to investigate to solve new problems, and to utilize realistic actions to be productive.
  • Explains that the ultimate goal of a physical therapist is to assist the afflicted by organizing and conducting rehabilitative programs.
  • Explains that a career in physical therapy is more demanding than one might think. it involves hard physical labor, such as heavy lifting, carrying, pulling, or pushing, as well as bending and twisting.
  • Explains that two degree levels are currently offered: a master's degree (mpt) and doctor of physical therapy (dpt).
  • Concludes that the job outlook is exceptional for physical and occupational therapists, as there is a never-ending demand for their services.
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