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Physical Therapist Job Overview

Physical therapists use a variety of rehabilitative techniques to improve flexibility and range of motion in patients. Many patients have either experienced traumatic injuries or intrusive surgeries that require several weeks or months of rehabilitation. Therapists may also use training programs to help at-risk patients avoid disabilities in the future.

This is a physically demanding job that may require lifting patients or helping them move. People who excel in the field are usually empathetic, strong and supportive.

After several years of service, physical therapists may move up in their careers to become Physical Therapy Directors. These professionals are responsible for managing physical therapy programs and departments. They often have a staff of therapists and related professionals working under their direction.

Physical Therapist Job Education Requirements

To become physical therapists, students must complete postgraduate degrees. Available programs usually culminate in either a Master of Physical Therapy or a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Before entering postgraduate programs, students should take courses in subjects such as:

  • Anatomy
  • Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Kinesthesiology

These subjects prepare students for rigorous studies at the graduate level.

In addition to completing degrees, physical therapists must get licensed by their states. Specific requirements may vary depending on where the person wishes to work. Certification usually includes hands-on training working under the supervision of a more experienced therapist.

Those who do not wish to complete the required level of education and certification may want to consider pursuing careers as Physical Therapist Aides. Aides receive most of their training on the job. They usually have high school diplomas, but college experience isn't always necessary.

Physical Therapist Job Market

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 204,200 physical therapists working in the United States in 2012. The job is expected to grow by 36 percent between 2012 and 2022. That's about three times faster than the average growth rate. By 2022, there should be approximately 277,770 physical therapies working in the U.S.

Physical Therapist Job Salary Information

In 2012, the median pay for physical therapists was $79,860 per year. Those in the bottom 10th percentile earned a median salary of $56,280 in 2013. Physical therapists with the highest salaries may earn over $113,000 annually.

Where a physical therapist works can significantly affect how much he or she earns. States with the highest annual mean wages for physical therapists include:

  • Nevada ($115,220)
  • Alaska ($96,800)
  • California ($91,330)
  • Texas ($90,890)
  • New Jersey ($90,750)

While jobs in these states don't guarantee better pay, most physical therapists find that they earn more money by working in areas with higher mean wages.

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Title/Unit: Physical Therapist Shift/Schedule: Full-time Days Great opportunity at a fast-paced, high visibility acute care facility! Competitive Base Salary + Benefits,Relo Assistance, 6% Sign On Bonus and continuing education and ongoing mentorship paid by the hospital. Facility Description: Nestled within the Cypress trees of South Eastern North Carolina known as the halfway point between...
Compreheisve Pain Therapy Center, PC in Englewood, NJ needs Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistant for an outpatient physical therapy clinic. We are serving mostly Korean patients. New graduates are welcome to apply. This is a fulltime position with flexibility in the hours. Some evening hours are required. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in working in a dynamic en...
Tracking Code 204113 Job Description As a Physical Therapist, you will assist the physician in evaluating the patient''s functional status and physical therapy needs, to enhance the health, well-being and quality of life for your patients. All services will be done in accordance with each patient's individual plan of care. Your specific duties for this role will include: Provides services wit...
Tracking Code 204144 Job Description Texas Home Health Care and Methodist Home Care, proud members of LHC Group are seeking PRN Physical Therapists As a Physical Therapist, you will assist the physician in evaluating the patient''s functional status and physical therapy needs, to enhance the health, well-being and quality of life for your patients. All services will be done in accordance with ...
Responsible to the Director of Rehabilitative, Orthopaedic, and Diabetes Services, the Physical Therapist provides quality patient care/documentation in the area of Physical Therapy. Duties are carried out within the framework established by the Department of Professional Regulations as promulgated within Standards of Practice and in full compliance with standards as set forth by The Joint Commiss...
Tracking Code 204096 Job Description Twin Lakes Home Health part of the LHC Group As a Physical Therapist, you will assist the physician in evaluating the patient''s functional status and physical therapy needs, to enhance the health, well-being and quality of life for your patients. All services will be done in accordance with each patient's individual plan of care. Your specific duties for ...
PHYSICAL THERAPISTS PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSISTANTS RN’s Foothills Visiting Nurse & Home Care, Inc. has been recognized as one of the Top Home Care Agencies in the country for the past seven consecutive years. We have immediate openings for full-time and per diem physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and RN’s. We offer excellent salaries, visit rates and benefits. Please submit resu...
Tracking Code 203589 Job Description As a Physical Therapist, you will assist the physician in evaluating the patient''s functional status and physical therapy needs, to enhance the health, well-being and quality of life for your patients. All services will be done in accordance with each patient's individual plan of care. Your specific duties for this role will include: Provides services wit...
Tracking Code 204223 Job Description LHC HomeCare of South Alabama of Andalusia part of the LHC Group As a Physical Therapist, you will assist the physician in evaluating the patient''s functional status and physical therapy needs, to enhance the health, well-being and quality of life for your patients. All services will be done in accordance with each patient's individual plan of care. Your ...
Tracking Code 204222 Job Description Alabama HomeCare of Cullman part of the LHC Group As a Physical Therapist, you will assist the physician in evaluating the patient''s functional status and physical therapy needs, to enhance the health, well-being and quality of life for your patients. All services will be done in accordance with each patient's individual plan of care. Your specific duties...
Tracking Code 204207 Job Description HouseCalls Home Health, a proud member of LHC Group is seeking a Full Time Physical Therapist. Sign on Bonus of up to $10,000 for a three year commitment As a Physical Therapist, you will assist the physician in evaluating the patient''s functional status and physical therapy needs, to enhance the health, well-being and quality of life for your patients. A...
Tracking Code 204198 Job Description Extendicare Home Health of West Tennessee, a proud member of LHC Group is seeking a full-time PT As aPhysical Therapist, you will assist the physician in evaluating the patient''s functional status and physical therapy needs, to enhance the health, well-being and quality of life for your patients. All services will be done in accordance with each patient's ...
Employee Type: Adjunct Manages Others: No Required Education: Bachelor’s degree or higher Required Experience: At least 5 years Required Travel: No Relocation Covered: No Job Description: Are you a dedicated and enthusiastic physical therapy professional ready to make a difference by educating students who are eager to train as physical therapist assistants? Bring your talents and skills to...
Tracking Code 203530 Job Description Ochsner Home Health, a proud member of LHC Group is seeking a Physical Therapist. Full time, part time and prn positions are availabe. As a Physical Therapist, you will assist the physician in evaluating the patient''s functional status and physical therapy needs, to enhance the health, well-being and quality of life for your patients. All services will be ...
Tracking Code 203512 Job Description Elite Home Health - Fort Smith, AR seeking applicants for FT Home Health PT position. As a Physical Therapist, you will assist the physician in evaluating the patient''s functional status and physical therapy needs, to enhance the health, well-being and quality of life for your patients. All services will be done in accordance with each patient's individual...
Tracking Code 203543 Job Description HomeCall Home Care a proud member of LHC Group has an immediate need for a Full Time Physical Therapist As a Physical Therapist, you will assist the physician in evaluating the patient''s functional status and physical therapy needs, to enhance the health, well-being and quality of life for your patients. All services will be done in accordance with each pa...
Join our growing therapist owned rehab company. Skilled Therapies, Inc. is looking for full-time or part-time Physical Therapist or PTA to join our growing therapy team in Oakland, Moraga and Pleasant Hill. Skilled Therapies, Inc. is based in the east bay and uses a collaborative approach to provide the best care and treatments for each patient. Why Skilled Therapies? Our therapist owned company...
www.premierortho.com Physical Therapist/Physical Therapy Assistant Premier Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Assoc.,the largest provider of outpatient physical therapy located throughout Delaware and Chester Counties, is looking for a qualified candidate for the following positions: Full Time Physical Therapist - West Chester location Full Time Physical Therapist - Brinton Lake location Premier o...
Responsible for the care, direction and progression of therapy patients and their treatments. Is a viable member of the therapeutic rehabilitation team and will assist in department maintenance, supervision of department staff as needed and delivering the best quality care possible. Is responsible for appropriate scheduling of therapy patients, completing the monthly productivity statistics in a t...
RESPONSIBILITIES: · Evaluates patient and develops appropriate and effective treatment program in accordance with patient’s status, medical referral and therapy evaluation results while maintaining confidentiality of all pertinent patient care information to assure patient’s rights are protected. · Demonstrates understanding of rationale and application of therapeutic techniques, proper body mec...

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