Career Profile

Physical Therapy Assistant

Education Associate's degree
This is the typical education required for an entry-level position.
Earnings $66,100
This is the typical median salary earned for an entry-level position.

Physical Therapy Assistants assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures.

General Information

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.

Training Funds Available

This is a Rural Capital Area Target Occupation.
Training and education opportunities are available with eligible providers throughout the state.

Physical Therapy Assistant

Occupational Outlook

For the Rural Capital Area


Job Opportunities

Over the next five years, an average of 40 openings per year are projected for Physical Therapy Assistant.


Employment Change

Employment for Physical Therapy Assistant is forecasted to increase significantly more than the regional average by 30.3% between 2022 and 2027.


Earnings Potential

An average worker in this occupation is paid $31.79/hour. Entry level workers are paid $22.79, while experienced workers are paid $36.29. The median wage is above average regional wages across occupations.

Local Employment Opportunities

There are 191 Physical Therapy Assistant in the RCA region. By 2027 this number could reach 249.

Top 5 Employing Industries, Locally

The top industries employing Physical Therapy Assistant are Offices of Other Health Practitioners, General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, and Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities).

Knowledge Areas

The top most significant knowledge categories for Physical Therapy Assistant include Customer and Personal Service, English Language, and Medicine and Dentistry.

Educational Attainment Patterns

The most common level of education for Physical Therapy Assistant is Associate's. 85% of people employed in these roles have some form of college degree.

Sources: BLS   JobsEQ®   ONET