Career Profile

Physical Therapists

Education Doctoral or professional degree
This is the typical education required for an entry-level position.
Earnings $94,000
This is the typical median salary earned for an entry-level position.

Physical therapists help injured or ill people improve movement and manage pain.

General Information

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.

Physical Therapists

Occupational Outlook

For the Rural Capital Area


Job Opportunities

Over the next five years, an average of 36 openings per year are projected for Physical Therapists.


Employment Change

Employment for Physical Therapists is forecasted to increase significantly more than the regional average by 23.0% between 2022 and 2027.


Earnings Potential

An average worker in this occupation is paid $45.19/hour. Entry level workers are paid $34.02, while experienced workers are paid $50.78. The median wage is significantly above average regional wages across occupations.

Local Employment Opportunities

There are 383 Physical Therapists in the RCA region. By 2027 this number could reach 471.

Top 5 Employing Industries, Locally

The top industries employing Physical Therapists are Offices of Other Health Practitioners, General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, and Home Health Care Services.

Knowledge Areas

The top most significant knowledge categories for Physical Therapists include Medicine and Dentistry, Customer and Personal Service, and Psychology.

Educational Attainment Patterns

The most common level of education for Physical Therapists is Postgraduate degree. 97% of people employed in these roles have some form of college degree.

Sources: BLS   JobsEQ®   ONET