JobsNow: How to become a physical therapist in Ohio

Physical therapists work with people who are injured and help them improve movement and manage their pain

The job outlook for physical therapists is growing, and the Youngstown-Warren area is expected to add 170 jobs within five years.
The job outlook for physical therapists is growing, and the Youngstown-Warren area is expected to add 170 jobs within five years.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Have you ever had a nagging injury and a doctor recommended physical therapy for your recovery?

This week’s JobsNow story is about physical therapists.

Physical therapists work with people who are injured and help them improve movement and even manage their pain. Daniel Dray is a physical therapist for Mercy Health, and he says providing inspiration to his clients is his favorite part of the job.

“To me, that’s a huge satisfaction to work with people in the community and then maybe see them outside of the hospital and see what you’ve done has actually helped them,” he said.

The goal is to get patients back to the way they were before their injury.

Physical therapists can become specialized in areas like pediatrics, geriatrics, even sports. That is how Dray became interested after hurting his shoulder in high school.

“Just seeing how the physical therapist worked with people and got people back to doing what they need to do really struck me as something I could see myself doing,” Dray said.

Social skills help physical therapists connect with patients who have been in accidents, had a stroke or heart attack, or maybe just worn out a joint. Physical therapists need a doctoral degree, but you can also get a two-year associate degree to be a physical therapist assistant.

The one thing to remember — a good physical therapist adds life to days.

“I think the ability to connect with your patient, get them motivated, is really a factor in becoming a great physical therapist, as opposed to just average,” Dray said.

The job outlook is much faster than average, with the Youngstown-Warren area projected to add 170 physical therapist jobs within five years.That is a 34 percent growth.

You can connect with the OhioMeansJobs’ website to get extra information, including average pay and even school choices, as well as find area job listings.

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