Physical Therapist Assistant

What Does A Physical Therapist Assistant Do?

A physical therapist assistant (PTA) helps patients to regain movement and deal with pain after an injury or illness. They work under the supervision of a physical therapist.

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How Do I Become A Physical Therapist Assistant?

Completing a two-three year physical therapist assistant college program is required to obtain these positions.

What is the Average Salary For A Physical Therapist Assistant?

High – 79,000
Median – 56,000
Low – 34,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Physical Therapist Assistant?

  • Science – As much as possible, including biology and psychology!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication

What Is The Work Environment For A Physical Therapist Assistant?

PTAs typically work in physical therapy offices, hospitals, and nursing care facilities. This position may require heavy lifting and standing on your feet for much of the day. Also, many people only do this work part-time.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Physical Therapist Assistant?

The job outlook for this position looks very good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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