Physical Therapist (Assistant)

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What is a Physical Therapist?

Treating patients with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities

Identifying injuries and illnesses.

Help patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.

Track patients process.

Work under direction of occupational therapist.

Median Wage


$37,710 per year
$18.13 per hour

Physical Therapist

The median annual wage of physical therapists was $76,310 in May 2010.

Employment Outlook

Employment of occupational therapy assistants is expected to increase 43 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of occupational therapy aides is expected to increase 33 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Schools accredited for becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant.

College of Dupage

425 Fawell Blvd. ,Glen Ellyn, Il 60137

Education Requirement for a Physical Therapist Aide or Assistant.

Associates degree from an accredited occupational therapy assistant program.

How to become a Physical Therapist?

You can start as a Physical Therapist Aide (Requirement Associate's Degree)

Then after some experience become a Physical Therapist Assistant.

And after more schooling you can become a Physical Therapist. (Requirement Licensed, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree or although a small number award a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree.

What are two personal characteristics or abilities required for an individual to work in this career area?

1. Compassion. Occupational therapy assistants and aides frequently work with patients who struggle with many of life’s basic activities. As a result, they should be compassionate and caring and have the ability to encourage others.

2. Interpersonal skills. Assistants and aides spend much of their time interacting with patients. They should be friendly and courteous, and they should be able to communicate with patients to the extent of their ability and training.


93% of Physical Therapist are full-time, only 7% are part-time. Assistants and aides work less; doing paperwork and other minor duties.