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Physical Therapist Assistants

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Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.


  • Employment is projected to grow much faster than average.
  • Physical therapist assistants should have very good job prospects; on the other hand, aides may face keen competition from the large pool of qualified applicants.
  • Aides usually learn skills on the job, while physical therapist assistants have an associate degree; most States require licensing for assistants.
  • Most jobs are in offices of other health practitioners and in hospitals.


Personality I like helping others
Salary $51,040/yr ($25.52/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education Associates Degree