Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.
Common job titles of Physical Therapist Assistants include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
99.83% said they needed a Associate's Degree.
0.17% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
Observe patients during treatments to compile and evaluate data on their responses and progress and provide results to physical therapist in person or through progress notes.
Perform clerical duties, such as taking inventory, ordering supplies, answering telephone, taking messages, or filling out forms.
Instruct, motivate, safeguard, and assist patients as they practice exercises or functional activities.
Administer active or passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, aquatic physical therapy, or heat, light, sound, or electrical modality treatments, such as ultrasound.
Confer with physical therapy staff or others to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, or coordinating treatment.
Measure patients' range-of-joint motion, body parts, or vital signs to determine effects of treatments or for patient evaluations.
Clean work area and check and store equipment after treatment.
Secure patients into or onto therapy equipment.
Transport patients to and from treatment areas, lifting and transferring them according to positioning requirements.
Prepare treatment areas and electrotherapy equipment for use by physiotherapists.
Communicate with or instruct caregivers or family members on patient therapeutic activities or treatment plans.
Administer traction to relieve neck or back pain, using intermittent or static traction equipment.
Assist patients to dress, undress, or put on and remove supportive devices, such as braces, splints, or slings.
Monitor operation of equipment and record use of equipment and administration of treatment.
Train patients in the use of orthopedic braces, prostheses, or supportive devices.
Fit patients for orthopedic braces, prostheses, or supportive devices, such as crutches.
Perform postural drainage, percussions, or vibrations or teach deep breathing exercises to treat respiratory conditions.
Attend or conduct continuing education courses, seminars, or in-service activities.
Whirlpool therapy baths
Upper-body isokinetic machines
Ultraviolet UV phototherapy lamps
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipmentAll Tools
Total lift chairs
Therapeutic treadmill exercisers
Therapeutic hot packs
Swiss exercise balls
Single point canes
Short wave diathermy devices
Sequential compression devices
Sacro-illiac joint lumbar corsets
Resistive exercise bands
Portable oxygen equipment
Pelvic traction equipment
Patient positioning devices
Muscle strength dynamometers
Medical nasal cannulae
Lower-body isokinetic machines
Lavage hydrotherapy equipment
Intermittent compression units
Interferential electrical stimulation machines
High-voltage Galvanic stimulation machines
Hi-lo manipulation tables
Functional electrical stimulation FES equipment
Digital video cameras
Continuous passive motion CPM equipment
Cervical traction equipment
Blood pressure cuffs
Automated external defibrillators AED
Medical condition coding software
Arena Health Systems Phys-X
Beaver Creek Software The THERAPIST
BioEx Systems Exercise Pro
Bookkeeping softwareAll Technologies
Client caseload management software
Eazy Application Systems QuickEMR
Knees Software PT DocTools
Laboratory information system LIS
PhysioTools Tools RG
Rehab Documentation Company ReDoc Suite
Summit Software CarePoint
Video game software
Virtual reality game software
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Teaching others how to do something.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.