Physical Therapists

Brooke Haldorson

What you have to do...

To get into this career, all states require physical therapists to be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state but all include passing the National Physical Therapy Examination administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Board specialist certification requires passing an exam and at least 2,000 hours of clinical work or completion of an APTA-accredited residency program in the specialty area. A doctoral degree and DPT degree is required.

The Income

Colorado Average Annual Wage:


Entry Annual Wage:


Average Annual Range:

$56,280 to $113,340

Types of Physical Therapy

There are different types of physical therapy. These may include orthopedic, acute care, post-operative care, cardiovascular and pulmonary rehab, lymphedema management, wound care, and neurologic rehabilitation.

How many jobs are there?

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 198,600 Physical Therapists employed in the United States in 2010, with a planned growth rate of 39% projected by 2020.

A Physical Therapist in Lone Tree: