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FEATURED CAREER OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS


What They Do:
Physical therapists, sometimes called PTs, help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. These therapists are often an important part of rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries. Physical therapists provide care to people of all ages who have functional problems resulting from back and neck injuries; sprains, strains, and fractures; arthritis; amputations; neurological disorders, such as stroke or cerebral palsy; injuries related to work and sports; and other conditions. The work of physical therapists varies by type of patient. For example, a patient working to recover mobility lost after a stroke needs different care from a patient who is recovering from a sports injury. Some physical therapists specialize in one type of care, such as orthopedics or geriatrics. Many physical therapists also help patients to maintain or improve mobility by developing fitness and wellness programs that encourage healthier and more active lifestyles.

Work Environment:
Physical therapists held about 239,800 jobs in 2016. Physical therapists spend much of their time on their feet, working with patients. Because they must often lift and move patients, they are vulnerable to back injuries. Physical therapists can limit these risks by using proper body mechanics and lifting techniques when assisting patients. Most physical therapists work full time. About 1 in 5 worked part time in 2016. Although most physical therapists work during normal business hours, some may work evenings or weekends.


How to Become One:
Physical therapists need a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. All states require physical therapists to be licensed. DPT programs typically last 3 years. Many programs require a bachelor’s degree for admission as well as specific educational prerequisites, such as classes in anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, and physics. Some programs admit college freshmen into 6- or 7-year programs that allow students to graduate with both a bachelor’s degree and a DPT. Physical therapists may apply to and complete a clinical residency program after graduation. Residencies typically last about 1 year and provide additional training and experience in specialty areas of care. Physical therapists who have completed a residency program may choose to specialize further by completing a fellowship in an advanced clinical area.

Pay:
The median annual wage for physical therapists was $86,850 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $59,080, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $122,650.

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FEATURED COLLEGE OF THE WEEK

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
Clemson, South Carolina


Clemson University is a nationally ranked public, land-grant university classified as a Tier 1 research university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Clemson currently has 80 undergraduate majors and 110 graduate degree programs. Our students are engaged, spirited, highly competitive and ranked as among the nation's happiest. Clemson offers a top-quality teaching and learning environment with substantial academic, community service and social opportunities.  Clemson students are notorious for being fierce and passionate competitors. From the stadium to the classroom to the research lab, Tigers play to win. The University's academic programs are rigorous and competitive, attracting many of the country's top faculty and students. In sports, Clemson Tigers have garnered a very impressive resume as well. ... As a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Clemson boasts 19 NCAA athletic teams. The University football team won the National Championship for the second time in 2016. Admission to regular-season events played on campus is included in University fees for full-time students, including football, basketball, soccer, baseball, diving, cross-country, track and field, golf, volleyball, tennis and rowing. 
All Clemson students are encouraged to take part in undergraduate, collaborative research to strengthen their critical thinking and problem-solving skills and to hone their communication and presentation capabilities. Clemson offers a nationally ranked internship program and strong programs for travel abroad, service learning and cooperative education. Campus engagement is a priority and students choose from more than 400 student clubs and organizations as well as competitive intramural and club sports to ensure that there is something for every interest. Greek life is also popular, and over 25 percent of students are members of a sorority or fraternity. Clemson students love their school. In fact, over 92 percent of seniors say they would choose Clemson if they could start their college career over again. The beauty of the Clemson campus is immediately apparent. Situated on Hartwell Lake and flanked by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson offers swimming, sailing, hiking and all sorts of outdoor activities just minutes from campus. With over 17,000 acres, Clemson is one of the "greenest" universities in the nation. Still, urban living is close. Greenville, South Carolina, is just a 30-mile drive from campus. Greenville has received a multitude of national awards for its beauty, smart growth and vibrant lifestyle. Clemson is just off on I-85, about two hours from both Atlanta, Georgia, and Charlotte, North Carolina.  Clemson offers one of the country's top-ranked career services programs and is consistently recognized for its high return on investment based on the quality of the education offered and price.

Quick Facts:

Size: Large
19,402 total undergrads
3,649 degree-seeking freshmen

Tuition and fees: $14,970 in-state, $36,724 out-of-state
$13,131 average financial aid package
59% of financial need met (average)

Admissions Requirements
ACT or SAT: Required

Acceptance Rate: Very selective
47% of applicants admitted

Test Score Average:
ACT: 27-31
SAT: 1220-1390
GPA: 4.18


FEATURED COLLEGE MAJOR OF THE WEEK

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS


What it's about: 
International relations is the study of the causes, consequences, and efforts to resolve global patterns of conflict and peace, poverty and wealth, and freedom and oppression. As a major you examine nations and international organizations to understand political, economic, military, and cultural interactions on the international level. 

Is this for you: 
You might like this major if you also like: World history; travel; maps; flags; "big picture" issues; stamp collecting; languages; politics.

Consider this major if you are good at: attention to detail; creativity; critical reading/thinking; leadership; persuading/influencing ...or have... initiative; patience; verbal skills; writing skills. 

Career options and trends: 
Graduates in international relations are usually eligible for entry-level positions in federal Civil Service (especially departments of State, Defense, Agriculture, and Treasury). Many graduates take positions with members of Congress, congressional committees, or the CIA.