Some jobs require a pre-employment physical exam as part of the hiring process. If you’re planning on looking for a summer job this year, you might want to know in advance what will be expected of you and whether a physical is required.
Employers request physical exams from their job candidates for several reasons:
In any case, a pre-employment physical is usually required after you’ve been given a job offer. Other rules about how and when the physical is offered are determined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Do You Need a Physical to Look for a Job?
Whether you need a pre-employment physical for a summer job depends on what type of work you’ll be looking for. Any kind of job that requires any amount of physical labor is likely to require a physical. Additionally, city government jobs such as working for the parks department or working at a city pool, you can expect to have to perform a physical.
If you’ve never gotten a general physical before, the exam can help to identify any problems or risks you may run into as you venture into the workforce. Knowing your limitations in advance might also help you save time and struggle by avoiding jobs that will be a poor fit for your physical abilities. Once you have a baseline to compare to, maintaining your health gets a lot easier.