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The statistics underscore the need. In 2002 there were more than 137,000 jobs for physical therapists, but fewer than 100,000 trained personnel to fill them. As the population ages, as more trauma victims survive, and as more babies are born with disabilities, this need is expected to grow. Career opportunities for physical therapists are many, varied, and financially rewarding.

To help get the word out about career opportunities in physical therapy, and to help recruit minority students to the field, Governors State University and Project Purposefu lRecruitment of Minority Physical Therapists (PROMPT) met this summer with more than 30 local students at the Kids Health Club in Homewood. Students learned from physical therapists and students about the difficulties and rewards of a career in physical therapy.