Help people with injuries and health conditions improve their movement and reduce pain. Physical therapists are highly-educated, healthcare professionals who diagnose, treat and prevent mobility problems.
- Recommended undergraduate program: Kinesiology Bachelor of Science with an Option in Exercise Science
- Graduate program: Doctor of Physical Therapy
To become a physical therapist, you must have a doctoral degree and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE).
- Pediatric physical therapy
- Geriatric physical therapy
- Vestibular rehabilitation.
- Neurological physical therapy
- Orthopedic physical therapy
- Cardiovascular/pulmonary physical therapy
- Private practices
- Out-patient facilities
- Home health agencies
- Work settings
- Skilled nursing facilities
- Sports and fitness facilities
Career Outlook & Pay
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for Physical Therapists are expected to grow much faster than average: 28% in the next 10 years, national, 29% in California.
Annual median wage
- CA: $93,100
- US: $87,900
Interests, Skills & Values
Physical therapists want to help people improve their ability to move around in the world.
Physical therapists demonstrate professional standards of integrity, accountability, and the client’s best interests.
Physical therapists should be able to effectively treat clients with different backgrounds and needs.
Physical therapists require scientific knowledge to diagnose patients, evaluate progress, and provide care.
Physical therapists enjoy physical activity. They spend a lot of their time on their feet and use their hands to provide manual therapy.
Physical therapists should have empathy for patients who are experiencing pain and discomfort.
Physical therapists require strong observational and analytical skills to diagnose patients, evaluate progress, and provide care.
Physical therapists enjoy working with people. They listen to concerns and motivate their patients.
Physical therapists create individualized treatment plans that meet the specific needs of their patients.