Career Outlook and Opportunities

There are currently more than 300,000 licensed physical therapists in the U.S. today, treating well over one million people every day.  

Physical therapists work in a variety of practice settings including:

  • Private outpatient clinics
  • Acute care facilities
  • Hospitals and in-patient rehabilitation facilities
  • Extended care
  • Nursing home and skilled nursing facilities
  • Schools
  • Wellness and fitness centers
  • Home health care
  • Industrial or workplace environments
  • Academic institutions
  • Research centers

Board certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) allows physical therapists to develop clinical expertise in one or more areas of practice, such as cardiovascular & pulmonary, clinical electrophysiology, geriatrics, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, sports, women's health, and wound management. 

Career Outlook

According to the Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.

According to Projections Central, demand for physical therapists in Texas is projected to grow 20.4 percent from 2018-2028. From a 2018-estimated employment of 17,340 to a 2028-projected employment of 20,880 physical therapists. On average, there are 1150 annual openings for physical therapists across Texas.

The salary for a physical therapist is variable, depending on the clinician's education, experience, specialty, employment setting, and location. According to published statistics, the median annual wage for physical therapists was $91,010 May 2020.

Please visit the American Physical Therapy Association website for more details.

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