Rehabilitation science


Alice and her friends answer questions that you don’t want to ask your preceptor, peer, or colleagues regarding your career in science.

Dear Alice,

I am a first year doctoral student in a Ph.D. in rehab sciences program. While working as a physical therapist in India, I became interested in research because of its impact on clinical rehab practices. I haven’t taken the U.S. licensing exam, but if it will help my career prospects, I do not mind preparing for and taking it.

After my Ph.D., I would like to teach in the United States, as I love both teaching and my field. I am also looking at career options where I would be consulting rehab facilities and clinics to adjust their rehab practices based on evidence-based practice data and current clinical reviews.

Could you advice me on what career options I should look into?

– Avantika

Dear Avantika,

The rehabilitation sciences field, along with the other allied health sciences, is a growth opportunity, especially with the changes that are occurring in our national health system as well as the demands created by the increasing numbers of seniors in our aging population. My friends in the rehabilitation sciences say that academic jobs should not be hard to come by. 

Having said that, it would be worth your while to find out from your professors what the criteria are for their jobs and what they were doing just before becoming a professor. Besides the Ph.D. degree, did they have to demonstrate proficiency in teaching or original research? How many years of practical experience are required? 

Congratulations on choosing a profession that will continue to be in considerable demand. You can contribute to that growth by research, teaching, and innovative ways of delivery. Good luck.

– Alice

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