How to Begin Your Career in the Therapies

Do you enjoy working with people? Do you get personal satisfaction by helping others? Do you have an interest in body mechanics and human anatomy?

If so, then pursuing a career in the therapies may be right for you. See below to learn about what education and training you’ll need in order to work in a therapy profession.

Physical Therapist

Physical therapists are required to complete 4-7 years of education from an American Physical Association school. Washington State licensure as a physical therapist is also required to practice in Washington State. For more information on becoming a physical therapist visit the American Physical Therapy Association.

Occupational Therapist

A career as an occupational therapist requires that you complete a Bachelor of Science degree through an accredited school of occupational therapy. Washington State licensure as an occupational therapist is also required. To learn more about becoming an occupational therapist visit the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory therapists complete a two-year degree through an AA, AMA-accredited respiratory therapy school. To practice as a respiratory therapist you must also be certified or registered with the National Board of Respiratory Care. Washington State licensure and CPR certifications are also required. Learn more about becoming a respiratory therapist at the American Association for Respiratory Care.

Speech Pathologist

To practice as a speech pathologist you must hold a Master’s degree in speech language pathology from an accredited college or university. Washington State licensure is required and certifications by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) may also be required. For information on becoming a speech pathologist visit ASHA.