Physical therapists practice in hospitals,
clinics, and private offices that have specially
equipped facilities, or they treat patients in
hospital rooms, homes, or schools.
Most full-time physical therapists
work a 40-hour week; some work evenings and
weekends to fit their patientsí schedules.
in 4 physical therapists work part time.
can be physically demanding because therapists often
have to stoop, kneel, crouch, lift, and stand for
long periods. In addition, physical therapists move
heavy equipment and lift patients or help them turn,
stand, or walk.
Physical therapists rehabilitate persons with
physical disabilities. Others who work in the
rehabilitation field include audiologists,
chiropractors, occupational therapists, recreational
therapists, rehabilitation counselors, respiratory
therapists, and speech-language pathologists.
Nearly 6 out of 10 physical therapists work in
hospitals or in offices of physical therapists.
Employment is expected to increase much faster than
the average, as growth in the number of individuals
with disabilities or limited functioning spurs
demand for therapy services.
Job opportunities should be particularly good in
acute hospital, rehabilitation, and orthopedic
Please note that after graduating from an accredited physical
therapist educational program, therapists must pass
a licensure exam before they can practice.