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Physical Therapist

What they do:
Diagnose and treat any conditions or illnesses that limit a person’s ability to move and function.  Evaluate a patient’s endurance, joint motion, muscle strength, pain, functional ability, muscle tone and reflexes, function of the heart and lungs, and need and use of braces and artificial limbs.


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree

  • Licensed in the state in which they practice

What they make:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for physical therapists in 2015 was $84,020 per year and $40.40 per hour.

Where they work:

  • private offices

  • clinics

  • hospitals

  • nursing homes

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 34% from 2014-2024, much faster than average for all occupations.



 Updated January 2017