Physical Therapy Assistant: Jill Becker
1. Why did you choose to become a physical therapy assistant?
I chose to become a PTA because I wanted a career that helped people. I also enjoy sports/physical activity and thought this would be a way to be involved with athletes.
2. What is your typical work day like?
My typical work day is 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., depending on patient load. Depending on my location/job site, I will see inpatients, outpatients and home health patients.
3. What is the most rewarding part of your job? The most challenging?
The most rewarding part of my job is when a patient achieves goals and gains independence with activities they perform. The most challenging part of my job would be being organized, but at the same time flexible to schedule changes, changing patient condition, etc.
4. What is the biggest myth or misconception about your career or field?
Limitations with patient care. We are able to participate in a large variety of disciplines, leaving little opportunity for boredom.
5. What steps did you take in high school and college to help prepare you for your career?
Utilized a daily planner. Participated in class and clinicals. Used instructor feedback to set goals and make improvements.
6. What did you find difficult during your career preparation? How did you overcome these obstacles?
Time management between studies and family. I overcame this obstacle by being organized.
7. What do you see as the strengths and skills needed to succeed in your career?
Communication skills, organization skills, time management.
8. What advice would you offer to students interested in pursuing a career as a physical therapy assistant?
It is hard work, but a very gratifying career, so work hard at it.