Physical Therapist Assistant

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.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $25.72/hr
Median: $28.86/hr
Experienced: $36.04/hr

Current Employment
351 (2016)

Projected Employment
436 (2025)

Growth for Physical Therapist Assistants

2015 Jobs2025 JobsChange (2015-2025)% Change (2015-2025)

Industries Employing Physical Therapist Assistants

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2016)% of Occupation in Industry (2016)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2016)
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists 11432.5%13.7%
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals7722.1%0.4%
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)5716.3%0.7%
Home Health Care Services5014.3%0.9%
Offices of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialists)226.2%0.2%

Occupational Skills

  • Instruct, motivate, safeguard, and assist patients as they practice exercises or functional activities.
  • Observe patients during treatments to compile and evaluate data on their responses and progress and provide results to physical therapist in person or through progress notes.
  • Confer with physical therapy staff or others to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, or coordinating treatment.
  • Administer active or passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, aquatic physical therapy, or heat, light, sound, or electrical modality treatments, such as ultrasound.
  • Measure patients’ range-of-joint motion, body parts, or vital signs to determine effects of treatments or for patient evaluations.