Physical Therapy

Employment Outlook & Salary

Employment in Physical Therapy is expected to increase 39 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for PT services will come, in large part, from the aging baby boomers, who are staying active later in life than previous generations. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual wage of PTs was $79.860 in May 2012. For more information on this field, click here.

Work Environment

Physical therapists help people who have injuries or illnesses improve their movement and manage their pain. They are often an important part of rehabilitation and treatment of patients with chronic conditions or injuries. Physical therapists typically work in private offices and clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes. They spend much of their time on their feet, actively working with patients. Physical therapists typically need a doctoral degree in physical therapy. All states require physical therapists to be licensed.

Sample Job Titles:

  • Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Staff Physical Therapist
  • Home Care Physical Therapist
  • Outpatient Physical Therapist
  • Pediatric Physical Therapist
  • Registered Physical Therapist (RPT)
  • Rehabilitation Services Director

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