Career Outlook and Opportunities

More than 198,000 physical therapists are licensed in the U.S. today, treating nearly 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, orthopedics, pediatrics, sports, and women's health.

Career Outlook

According to the Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

According to Projections Central, demand for physical therapists in Texas is projected to grow 31.2 percent in the same time frame. From a 2016-estimated employment of 16,110 to a 2026-projected employment of 31,140 physical therapists. On average, there are 1250 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 $86,850 May 2017.

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

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