Physical Therapist

What Does A Physical Therapist Do?

A physical therapist (PT) helps patients to regain movement and deal with pain after an injury or illness.

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How Do I Become A Physical Therapist?

A three-year doctor of physical therapy degree is required to obtain these positions. A student typically must first have a four-year bachelor’s degree just to get into the PT program. That’s 7 years of college!

What is the Average Salary For A Physical Therapist?

High – 110,000
Median – 80,000
Low – 52,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Physical Therapist?

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

What Is The Work Environment For A Physical Therapist?

PTs 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.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Physical Therapist?

The job outlook for this position looks 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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