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Landing a job in the sometimes under publicized west coast state of Oregon means you will encounter a variety of scenic landscapes and get the chance to live and work in a healthy environment. With the Pacific Ocean as a western border, Oregon offers a great escape for beach lovers, especially beach lovers who enjoy less crowed water fronts. Physical therapy positions in the state come with varying pay scales that are highly influenced by the area of the state that a person works in. Three of the most notable cities in this western state are Eugene, Portland and Salem. Salem is the state capital and Portland is the most populous city in the state of 3.8 million inhabitants.

Physical therapists working in Eugene will find an environment in which the median salary is $75,536. This figure ranks Eugene in the middle above Salem and below Portland. The median salary in Salem is $72,961 and the median salary for Portland is $78,337. While all physical therapy positions are unique, it may help job seekers in Oregon to examine a recent advertisement for a physical therapist position in the state. This position was in a healthcare facility. Information provided in the ad for this position states that the hired therapist will be required to determine the physical condition of patients and based on this assessment design a plan of treatment and ultimately help patients understand what they will need to do to increase and maintain their physical acumen.

A big part of a therapist's job is documentation. The condition, treatment and progress of patients must be recorded to provide a source for future treatment and to assess what treatments are proving effective and which ones may need to be tweaked or eliminated. The documentation also provides a record of the work that therapists are doing. In the position advertised, the physical therapist is required to supervise the work of aides, assistants and in some cases students. The position also requires both working with patients in hospitals and with patients who come in for therapy at clinics. One of the appealing aspects of this type of work is the variation, both in settings and in patients.

The position also requires that applicants have a state license to practice physical therapy, and have knowledge of federal, local and state guidelines concerning the treatment of patients and documentation of all procedures. This is why it is important to know as much as possible about the regulations and rules of any state in which you want to practice. While the guidelines are similar in most states, those subtle differences can sometimes be enough to disqualify you from a position in a particular state. This position also stresses the need for a good personal appearance, good communication skills and the ability to work with a team. These are good traits regardless of which state you want to practice.

Some physical therapy students are surprised at the physical exertion required to work in this field. The ad mentions that the chosen therapist will be spending between 30 and 60 percent of the workday on his or her feet. This position is by no means representative of all physical therapy jobs in Oregon, but maybe it will give you an idea of what to expect when working in this west-coast state.