Professional Physical Therapists
Training and Education
|Recommended Degree Level||Doctoral or Professional|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||191,460|
|Annual Job Growth Rate||4.2%|
|Job Openings per Year (est.)||10,060|
Expect to need to get a master's degree if you pursue this occupation. 89% of employees have a bachelor's degree. 9 of people working as professional physical therapists have had some college education, but stopped short of a degree. About 2% of those working as workers have a high-school diploma, but no further education.
Part-Time Work and Self-Employment
About 23% of employees work fewer than 40 hours per week. About 8% of professional physical therapists are self-employed.
Area Job Conditions
Jobs per capita for employees are most common in Sherman (Texas), Missoula (Montana), and Waterbury (Connecticut), and least common in Beaumont (Texas), Visalia (California), and Clarksville (Tennessee).
Jobs for professional physical therapists pay the most in Laredo (Texas), Wichita Falls (Texas), and Alexandria (Louisiana), and the least in Las Cruces (New Mexico), Albany (Georgia), and Honolulu (Hawaii).
A brief introduction to the physical therapist career. Produced for the US Dept. of Labor.