Four Things That Make Therapy Jobs Great by stephaniemiller705


									Four Things That Make Therapy Jobs Great
Every job has its good points and bad points, regardless of the industry. So why is it that some people absolutely love
their jobs while others loathe having to get up and go to work? It certainly isn't all about pay and benefits, as evidenced
by the fact that plenty of very wealthy people hate their jobs. It's about finding satisfaction in what you do regardless of
how much you make. Research backs up the idea, with survey after survey showing that people count dozens of other
factors as more important than simply their compensation.

In the medical field, one of the areas that is consistently rated highly in terms of job satisfaction is therapy in all its forms,
including occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech pathology, and so on. Below are four of the things commonly
cited as reasons why therapy jobs are so well-loved by those who make careers of them. Keep in mind this list does not
constitute a scientific survey.

        Ability to Help People - Although the ability to help people has become a cliché across a lot of service-oriented
        professions, it really is where the rubber meets the road in therapy jobs. Because of the nature of their work,
        therapists spend more time with their patients during the course of treatment than just about any other medical
        field except primary care physicians. Therapists are the ones who usually get to have the largest personal impact
        on the lives of patients; thus, this is the reason cited most often as to why they love their jobs.

        Brand-New Challenges - With every new patient a therapist meets, there is a list of new challenges to overcome.
        No two patients are the same, regardless of the type of therapy. These new challenges stimulate the therapist
        and give him something substantial to shoot for.

        Creative Solutions - Along with new challenges comes the opportunity to think outside the box. For example,
        occupational therapy is one field where the therapist must constantly strive for new ways to help clients
        accomplish tasks. And since no two patients are alike, the creativity involved in being a therapist is one of the
        most exciting parts of the work.

        Flexibility - Therapy jobs afford a certain amount of flexibility for medical professionals who don't want to
        commit to a 60-hour work week throughout their careers. Lots of hospitals and private clinics allow therapists to
        work out their schedules in a way that benefits their needs as well as those of their patients. As long as
        professional requirements are being met, therapists can usually have flexible schedules to accommodate family
        needs, continuing education and career development.

There are probably several other reasons contributing to the fact that therapy jobs receive such high job satisfaction
ratings. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that people fill these jobs because they love the work.
Whether pay and benefits are part of the equation is up to the individual therapist.

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