Physical Therapist

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.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $35.38/hr
Median: $40.94/hr
Experienced: $46.28/hr

Current Employment
608 (2016)

Projected Employment
750 (2025)

Growth for Physical Therapists

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

Industries Employing Physical Therapists

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2016)% of Occupation in Industry (2016)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2016)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals16326.8%0.9%
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists 15525.4%18.6%
Home Health Care Services10216.7%1.9%
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)538.7%0.7%
Offices of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialists)406.6%0.4%

Occupational Tasks

  • Plan, prepare, or carry out individually designed programs of physical treatment to maintain, improve, or restore physical functioning, alleviate pain, or prevent physical dysfunction in patients.
  • Perform and document an initial exam, evaluating data to identify problems and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention.
  • Evaluate effects of treatment at various stages and adjust treatments to achieve maximum benefit.
  • Identify and document goals, anticipated progress, and plans for reevaluation.
  • Record prognosis, treatment, response, and progress in patient’s chart or enter information into computer.