We are currently seeking physical therapists to participate in a research study. The goal of the study is to gather data about the aptitudes of satisfied physical therapists. This is a common field of interest for our clients and one of their most often listed dream jobs. Employment for physical therapy is growing much faster than average for all occupations (www.bls.gov). Learning more about this field will help the foundation in its mission to provide accurate information to clients.

For free, participating physical therapists will complete all of the testing and have a summary session. If you are interested in this research project, please contact Megan Terrazas at megan@jocrf.org.

UPDATE, November 2018

In 2015, we set out to study the aptitudes of physical therapists. We chose physical therapists for a few reasons. For one, the Occupational Outlook Handbook lists physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy aides as 3 of the 20 fastest growing jobs between 2016-2026. Also, many of of our clients list physical therapy as a potential career on their interest survey. Some express interest because of the opportunity to help people, while others are interested in health science but don’t want to spend the years in school required to become a physician. The variety of knowledge and skills used in physical therapy make it an interesting field for our research. 

The study is off to a great start with 34 physical therapists having completed testing. So far, most of the respondents have been women who have been working in the field for more than five years. Our study participants took the same battery of tests as our other clients. We are interested in how physical therapists might  differ from our standard testing population in their spatial, numerical, and verbal aptitudes.  We are also looking at the types of activities within a physical therapist’s daily work, and how those might be more or less related to different aptitudes. The participating physical therapists have had  the opportunity to learn about their aptitudes and relate this knowledge to their educational, career and avocational experiences.

It looks like we have promising results, and there appear to be trends in the direction of the hypothesized aptitudes. We are still recruiting participants—the more physical therapists we are able to recruit, the more we can learn from the data. Please share information about our study with any physical therapists you know who may want to help with our research while learning more about their own innate abilities. Contact megan@jocrf.org for more information. 

**All studies have been temporarily suspended due to the Covid-19 closures. Thank you for your understanding.**

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