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 2019 median pay was $89,440.
Where They Work:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 18% from 2019-2029, much faster than average for all occupations.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Physical Therapists,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapists.htm (visited February 2021).
Updated February 2021