Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
Your job is to Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.
Common job titles of Physical Therapists include:
Experience and Education
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
38.6% said they needed a Master's Degree.
37.32% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.
Identify and document goals, anticipated progress, and plans for reevaluation.
Administer manual exercises, massage, or traction to help relieve pain, increase patient strength, or decrease or prevent deformity or crippling.
Record prognosis, treatment, response, and progress in patient's chart or enter information into computer.
Direct, supervise, assess, and communicate with supportive personnel.
Provide information to the patient about the proposed intervention, its material risks and expected benefits, and any reasonable alternatives.
Instruct patient and family in treatment procedures to be continued at home.
Test and measure patient's strength, motor development and function, sensory perception, functional capacity, or respiratory or circulatory efficiency and record data.
Evaluate effects of treatment at various stages and adjust treatments to achieve maximum benefit.
Plan, prepare, or carry out individually designed programs of physical treatment to maintain, improve, or restore physical functioning, alleviate pain, or prevent physical dysfunction in patients.
Confer with the patient, medical practitioners, or appropriate others to plan, implement, or assess the intervention program.
Perform and document an initial exam, evaluating data to identify problems and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention.
Review physician's referral and patient's medical records to help determine diagnosis and physical therapy treatment required.
Provide educational information about physical therapy or physical therapists, injury prevention, ergonomics, or ways to promote health.
Administer treatment involving application of physical agents, using equipment, moist packs, ultraviolet or infrared lamps, or ultrasound machines.
Obtain patients' informed consent to proposed interventions.
Discharge patient from physical therapy when goals or projected outcomes have been attained and provide for appropriate follow-up care or referrals.
Construct, maintain, or repair medical supportive devices.
Refer clients to community resources or services.
Evaluate, fit, or adjust prosthetic or orthotic devices or recommend modification to orthotist.
Inform patients and refer to appropriate practitioners when diagnosis reveals findings outside physical therapy.
Direct group rehabilitation activities.
Teach physical therapy students or those in other health professions.
Participate in community or community agency activities or help to formulate public policy.
Conduct or support research and apply research findings to practice.
Whirlpool therapy baths
Upper body ergometersAll Tools
Ultraviolet UV lamps
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
Traction and mobilization physical therapy tables
Total lift chairs
Therapeutic treadmill exercisers
Swiss exercise balls
Surface electromyography equipment
Shoulder finger ladders
Sacro-illiac joint lumbar corsets
Resistive exercise bands
Pulley exercise systems
Portable cardiac monitors
Pelvic traction equipment
Neuromuscular stimulation equipment
Muscle testing equipment
Muscle strength dynamometers
Multiaxial exercise equipment
Moist hot packs
Low volt muscle stimulators
Isotonic exercise equipment
Isokinetic upper body testing/rehabilitation equipment
Isokinetic lower body testing/rehabilitation equipment
Inversion physical therapy tables
Interferential electrical stimulation machines
Hydrocollator heating units
Hydraulic hand dynamometers
Hospital roto beds
High-voltage Galvanic stimulation machines
Heart rate monitors
Functional electrical stimulation FES equipment
Electronic manual muscle testers
Electronic blood pressure units
Digital video equipment
Digital video cameras
Digital inclinometer range of motion measurement instruments
Continuous passive motion CPM machines
Computerized dynamic posturography (CDP) balance test systems
Blood pressure cuffs
Biomechanical ankle platform system BAPS systems
Axial-resistance shoulder wheels
Medical condition coding software
Advantage Software Physical Therapy Advantage
Biometrics video game software
Cedaron Dexter Evaluation & Impairment Rating
Exercise routine creation softwareAll Technologies
Hands On Technology TheraWriter.PT
Medical procedure coding software
Patient charting software
Prognosis Innovation Healthcare ChartAccess
Rehab Documentation Company ReDoc Suite
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
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.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Teaching others how to do something.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
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.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.