Physical Therapy

Michael Reddick

Daily Activities

Treat patients to relieve their pain and increase their strength and mobility.

Working conditions

In a typical work setting, physical therapists:

  • Have a high level of social contact. They work closely with patients and medical staff.

  • Always work indoors.

  • Must be sure that their work is accurate. Errors could seriously endanger patients' health.

  • Generally have a set schedule each week.

Yearly wages

The yearly wages $75,360 per year.

Preparation and / or training

A physical therapist typically needs to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent

  • have a bachelor's degree

  • have a master’s degree or higher in physical therapy

  • complete an internship

  • have a license

5 important skills and abilities

Physical therapists need to:


  • Communicate
  • Reason and Problem Solve
  • Use Math and Science
  • Manage Oneself, People, Time, and Things
  • Work with People

Recommended core classes and electives

Physical therapists need a strong background in science and math. If possible, take math through Trigonometry and science through Physics.
Physical Therapist Careers Video from APTA