Physical Therapists

Physical Therapist

Physical therapists help people who have injuries or illnesses improve their movement and manage their pain. Physical therapist give their patients exercises to do, in order to heal or maintain movement and flexibility.

Work Enviroment

In this profession, people work in private offices and clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes. Also therapists are often on their feet and actively working with patients.


The average therapist earns around 70,000 or more. The median pay was $76,310 in May 2010.


In order to become a physical therapist, one must receive a postgraduate professional degree. Two to three years of study and about three years in doctoral programs are necessary.

Skills Required

To be a physical therapist, one must be able to observe, communicate with people, be physically active, and have the desire to help someone.