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#11 Physical Therapists

Physical therapists diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limits their abilities to move and perform functional activities as well as they would like in their daily lives. Physical therapists examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.

Relevant Statistics

  • Projected Need:56,200

    Projected Growth: 30+%

    Median Wage: >$241,700

Today’s entrants to this profession need a post-baccalaureate degree from an accredited physical therapist program. All States regulate the practice of physical therapy, which usually requires passing scores on national and State examinations.

About 60 percent of physical therapists work in hospitals or in offices of other health practitioners. Employment is expected to grow much faster than average, and job opportunities should be good.

More Resources:


Top 10 Best States to Be a Physical Therapist
Quiz: Would You Pass the NPTE (National Physical Therapist Examination)?
Career Q&A: Physical Therapist
Career Guide: Physical Therapist
Career Profile: Physical Therapist, Matthew Scherer
Quiz: Would You Be a Great Physical Therapist?

Bonus: Visit the Therapy Careers Page

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