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#8 Physical Therapy Assistants

Physical therapist assistants and aides help physical therapists to provide treatment that improves patient mobility, relieves pain, and prevents or lessens physical disabilities of patients. A physical therapist might ask a physical therapist assistant to help patients exercise or learn to use crutches, for example, or an aide to gather and prepare therapy equipment.

Relevant Statistics

  • Projected Need: 37,900

    Projected Growth: 35+%

    Median Wage: $46,140

Employment is projected to grow much faster than average and physical therapist assistants should have very good job prospects. On the other hand, aides may face keen competition from the large pool of qualified applicants.

Aides usually learn skills on the job, while physical therapist assistants have an associate degree. Most States require licensing for assistants. The hours and days that physical therapist assistants and aides work vary with the facility. About 28 percent of all physical therapist assistants and aides work part-time.

More Resources:


Career Profile: Physical Therapist Assistant, Chris Weaver
PTAs Ride Demographic Wave to New Opportunities
Quiz: Would You Be a Great Physical Therapist?
Career Guide: Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides
Quiz: What’s Your Healthcare Dream Job?

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