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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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PART TIME/PER DIEM POSITION AVAILABLE FOR PHYSICAL THERAPIST OR PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT IN AN UPSCALE ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY. POSITION OFFERS COMPETITIVE PAY SCALE AND FLEXIBLE HOURS IN A FUN ENVIRONMENT WITH ROOM FOR JOB GROWTH. OFFERING $35/VISIT OR $50/HOUR, POSITION OPEN TO BEGIN IMMEDIATELY....
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 201429 Job Description PRN Home Health Physical Therapist needed for Deaconess Home Care - Selmer, TN. 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...
Tracking Code 201445 Job Description PRN Home Health Physical Therapist needed for Deaconess Home Care - Oneida, TN. Providing service to the following counties: Scott, Campbell, Morgan, Fentress. 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 patie...
Tracking Code 201569 Job Description Infirmary HomeCare of Mobile 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 duti...
Tracking Code 201565 Job Description Lifeline Rockcastle 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 d...
Tracking Code 201616 Job Description Lifeline Health Care of Fulton 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 du...
Tracking Code 201612 Job Description Infirmary HomeCare of Grove Hill 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 ...
Tracking Code 201625 Job Description Southeast Alabama HomeCare of Eufaula 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 spec...
Tracking Code 201598 Job Description Lifeline Health Care of Casey 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 dut...
Tracking Code 201608 Job Description Marion Regional HomeCare 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...
Tracking Code 201621 Job Description Fayette Medical Center HomeCare 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 d...
Tracking Code 202155 Job Description Jefferson Home Care - Pine Bluff, AR seeking applicants for a PRN 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 indiv...
Tracking Code 202349 Job Description Home Health Physical Therapist needed in Troy, AL 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 202412 Job Description Coosa Valley HomeCare 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 t...
Tracking Code 202546 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 204276 Job Description Housecalls Home Care, a proud member of LHC Group is seeking 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 each patient''s individual pla...
Tracking Code 202644 Job Description Lifeline Home Health of Scottsville 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 specifi...
Tracking Code 202736 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...

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