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Career Guide: Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides

Career Guide: Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job prospects. Opportunities for individuals interested in becoming physical therapist assistants are expected to be very good. Physical therapist aides may face keen competition from the large pool of qualified individuals. In addition to employment growth, job openings will result from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation permanently. Physical therapist assistants and aides with prior experience working in a physical therapy office or other health care setting will have the best job opportunities.

Earnings

Median annual earnings of physical therapist assistants were $41,360 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $33,840 and $49,010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,190, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $57,220. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of physical therapist assistants in May 2006 were:

Home health care services $46,390
Nursing care facilities 44,460
Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists, and audiologists 40,780
General medical and surgical hospitals 40,670
Offices of physicians 39,290

Median annual earnings of physical therapist aides were $22,060 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $18,550 and $26,860. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $15,850, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $32,600. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of physical therapist aides in May 2006 were:

Nursing care facilities $24,170
Offices of physicians 22,680
General medical and surgical hospitals 22,680
Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists, and audiologists 21,230


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