Physical Therapy Careers

What do physical therapists do?

Administering physical therapy is only part of the job. A physical therapist must also be skilled in examining, evaluating, and planning courses of treatment. Many supervise other health care workers. Some treat a wide range of ailments, while others specialize in areas such as pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics, sports medicine, neurology, and cardiopulmonary physical therapy. PTs may also teach, provide consultation, or perform clinical research.

Where do physical therapists work?

  • hospitals
  • rehabilitation centers and institutions
  • private practice
  • sports medicine centers
  • schools and colleges
  • nursing homes
  • patient homes

What will I like (or dislike) about this work?

  • satisfaction from helping others
  • opportunity for problem solving
  • working with other professionals

How is the job outlook?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (2016-2017): “Employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy will come in part from the large number of aging baby boomers, who are staying more active later in life than their counterparts of previous generations.”

What are the educational requirements?

  • master’s degree
  • doctoral degree (DPT) from an accredited program (the American Physical Therapy Association’s Vision 2020 states that by 2020, all physical therapists should be trained at the DPT level.)
  • licensing through national exam

Which Sargent College programs apply?