How to write a Physical Therapist job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Physical Therapist job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Physical Therapist job titles

    Physical Therapist
    Senior Physical Therapist
    Pediatric Physical Therapist (Early Intervention)
    Physical Therapist (Part-Time)
    Licensed Physical Therapist

Physical Therapist job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Physical Therapist job summary

Our physical therapy clinic, which focuses on sports injuries and joint disorders, is in need of a Licensed Physical Therapist. We’re looking for a compassionate, forward-thinking Physical Therapist who excels at assessing patients’ strengths and weaknesses and devising creative but effective treatment plans. Many of our patients are professional athletes, so all of our Therapists must practice discretion. We operate a high-energy, positive-thinking environment and we offer our patients gentle encouragement to achieve their goals. If you love motivating people and helping ease their pain, we’re interested in talking with you.

Physical Therapist responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Physical Therapist responsibilities

    Meet with new patients and give them tours of our facility
    Devise detailed treatment and care plans for each of the patients
    Communicate and coordinate with patients’ physicians to ensure a consistent level of care
    Visit patients in their homes and at other facilities on a limited basis
    Exercise independent judgment based on experience to implement effective treatment combinations
    Evaluate and report on patients’ progress
    Assist administrative staff with billing and reporting inquiries
    Comply with federal and state physical therapy regulations
    Complete at least 10 hours of continuing education every two years

Physical Therapist qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Physical Therapist skills

    6+ years’ professional PT experience with emphasis on sports injuries
    Valid provincial Physical Therapist licence
    Excellent work ethic and dedication to patient success
    Basic computer skills
    CPR and first aid certification required

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