Physical Therapist

Sydney Brooks

Summary of Job

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.

Education Needed

A bachelor's degree is the minimum formal education required for these occupations. However, many also require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require Ph.D, M.D., or J.D. (Law degree).


  1. Liberty University
  2. University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  3. Elon University
  4. Duke University

Average Salary

Median pay (annual)- $79,860

Median pay (hourly)- $38.39

*in 2012

Employment of physical therapist is projected to grow 36 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for these services will come from aging baby boomers, who are staying active later in life.

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Physical Therapist Careers Video from APTA