Physical Therapists

General Information

Description

Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit59.52%
  2. Private, not for profit25.74%
  3. Self-employed8.68%
  4. State and local government4.32%
  5. Federal government1.64%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 15,600 openings for physical therapists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$91,010

Military salary*

$88,425

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State-by-state Salary

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$105,910
$53,000
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Doctoral degree 47%
  • Master's degree 38%
  • Bachelor's degree 8%
  • Associate's degree 6%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • Medicine and Dentistry

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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