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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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Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant PRN positions available for local outpatient clinic. If interested, please contact: Results Rehab and Fitness 1048 Penn Ave. West Warren, PA 16365 provided by The Warren Times-Observer...
Title/Unit: Physical Therapist Shift/Schedule: Full Time Days / HomeHealth Shift/Schedule: Days This small community with 3 major employers is seeking a Home health Physical Therapist. Description: You will be Under the direction of the Physical Therapist Supervisor, in Home Health. The Physical Therapist provides hands-on direct care including evaluation,treatment, education, updating the...
Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Asst CESA 2 - Rock County Birth to 3 Program in Janesville seeks a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant to evaluate referred children, determine eligibility for Birth to 3, develop IFSP plans, and provide ongoing services to eligible families through a Primary Coaching Model of Intervention. The Physical Therapist participates in evidence-ba...
We have an exciting opportunity within our growing practice. We are looking for a full time physical therapist and a physical therapist assistant to treat a wide range of patients in our private outpatient practice. We offer one hour appointments, flexible hours, no weekends, paid continuing education and many other benefits. To learn more about In Touch Physical Therapy visit our website at: www....
Tracking Code 203789 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...
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...
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...
We are passionate about providing our clients exceptional care that enables them to remain in their homes. And we realize that our team members are instrumental to our continued success. ABOUT US Integrity Home Health & Skilled Care is the leading provider of home health and skilled care services in the Greater Grand Traverse area. We are accredited by a nationally recognized accreditation agenc...
Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists - Home Health Care This is an opportunity with a local home care staffing agency that is rewarding both professionally and financially. We are looking for Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists to cover all areas of Philadelphia and some areas in the surrounding counties. Part-Time and Per Diem Opportunities Immediately Available Guarante...
VITALCARE, A CERTIFIED CHAP accredited home health care organization, is currently seeking professionals for the following positions: Physical Therapist- Full Time, Speech Therapist- Casual. A qualified candidate must possess comprehensive clinical responsibilities and skills in home health care with a strong emphasis on rehabilitation and patient education. These positions will establish a collab...
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 ...
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...
CRA Therapy specializes in providing school-based pediatric therapy services. We have become a trusted industry leader, providing quality special education services for our school partners across the United States. Our special education services include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, sign language interpreting, school psychology, and more. CRA Therapy strives to empower s...
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 ...
Tracking Code 203838 Job Description Jackson Home Health, 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 individual plan of car...
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...
Tracking Code 204064 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 204067 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 203823 Job Description Access Home Health Agency 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 f...

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