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6. Educational Therapy Careers in Virginia

If you are a Virginia resident interested in possibly pursuing a career as an educational therapist, then it's vital that you really sit down and do some thorough research on the field. If you're like most people, when you think of becoming an educational therapist, then you probably think of sitting in an office, working one on one with a patient in a clinical situation. However, this is just one of many, many ways in which educational therapists can work. In order for you to get a better view of all of the many different jobs that you can do with an educational therapy background, it's a good idea to spend some time reading articles dealing with the field and, if possible, talking to professionals currently working in some facet of educational therapy.

Not only is it important for you to do this in order to be informed about the field you are going into it, but it can also help you to choose the right career for you or, if you've already decided on a career, could cause you to change your mind and find something even better that you can be even more passionate about.

In addition to helping you find your ideal job, spending time researching the field will also help you to properly plan your education. Far too many people go into college and sign up for a degree program, not really being sure of what they want to do. Later, when they figure it out, they often find that they chose a major that will not aid them in getting the job that they want. This could mean settling for a less desirable career path or having to start your education over again. For people who aren't rolling in money, going back to college a second time can be next to impossible!

While, as mentioned above, there are a ton of different educational therapy careers, some are much more common in the state of Virginia than other. Off of these common careers, which we will go into momentarily, spring many other related jobs. So, by at least acquainting yourself with the basic jobs and what they entail, you can get a fairly accurate view of what the educational therapy career field looks like. Do, remember, however, that you're never limited by anything you might read here. If you can imagine or dream it, then there's probably a similar career in the field that would work for you!

Clinical therapists are by far the most common in the state of Virginia and in the majority of other states in the US. These therapists are what we described at the beginning of this article, what most people think of when they hear the word "therapist." They work in their own practices or in practices owned by other professionals in the industry. In these settings, they meet one on one with clients to help them to achieve certain goals and/or improvements laid out in the treatment plan. They may also diagnose learning disabilities and other learning difficulties, make referrals to other professionals in educational or similar fields, and may sometimes conduct research as well.

School system therapists and individual school therapists come in a close second to clinical therapists. School system educational therapists are those therapists that work in the school system, meaning not just in one particular school as school educational therapists do. School system therapists might be responsible for an entire district or county of schools. Individual school therapists are more hands on, however, and usually work directly with students and/or teachers.

There are also workplace educational therapists, who focus not on classroom learning but on learning and success in the workplace. In addition to finding and placing special needs individuals in appropriate workplaces, they also help to train them, check up on them as needed, and help in any way possible to help them to become self sufficient individuals who can take pride in the work that they do.

Aside from the jobs mentioned here, there are research educational therapists, independent educational therapists, educational therapists who manage or oversee learning centers, and many, many more. The more you research, the more likely you are to find the career of your dreams.