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Does physical therapy have a bright outlook for a career?

I have always wanted to help people. My mom is an RN so I am aware of some nursing background. I am really interested in being a PT but I am curious to know if the career has a bright outlook? #college #professor #physical-therapist

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Yes. Demand is expected to grow around 34% for Physical Therapists and 40% for PTAs according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

You can learn more about the career by clicking the tabs along the top of the page. I'll also include a link explaining what physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are, what they do, and their expected career growth. (I chose to be a PTA due to the shorter schooling, much cheaper cost of tuition, and less stressful workday.) You can also learn about being a PT Aide, which is a position that does not require any college experience and usually received on the job training. If you're serious about exploring physical therapy as a career, it could be a great opportunity to help pay college tuition.


P.S. There is one projection of supply and demand created in 2015 that shows three possible outcomes by 2025 of physical therapist data. These predictions range from a shortage of 26,000 PTs nationally to a surplus of almost 9,000. (The overall number of PTs will be near 250,000 in the USA.) A shortage would mean dramatic increases in salaries why a surplus would mean a stagnation of raises, etc.
Here's that resource: http://www.apta.org/WorkforceData/ModelDescriptionFigures/

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