In-demand Careers

Physical Therapy Assistant

<meta http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=windows-1252"> <meta name=ProgId content=Word.Document> <meta name=Generator content="Microsoft Word 15"> <meta name=Originator content="Microsoft Word 15"> <link rel=File-List href="RN%20BSN_files/filelist.xml"> <link rel=Preview href="RN%20BSN_files/preview.wmf"> <link rel=themeData href="RN%20BSN_files/themedata.thmx"> <link rel=colorSchemeMapping href="RN%20BSN_files/colorschememapping.xml"> <body lang=EN-US style='tab-interval:.5in'> <div class=WordSection1> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal'>Physical Therapy Assistant</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal'>SOC Code: 31-2021</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal'> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal'>Served Graduated Average JP Wages</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal;margin-left:0.10in'>72 28 $23.83</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify;line-height:normal'> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify;line-height:normal'>Summary of Career: Physical therapist assistants, sometimes called PTAs, work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. They help patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses regain movement and manage pain.</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify;line-height:normal'> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0000pt;text-align: justify;line-height:normal'> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify;line-height:normal'>Projected Growth: In the Upper Rio Grande region, employment of physical therapist assistants is projected to grow 46% from 2012 to 2022. Demand for physical therapy services is expected to increase in response to the healthcare needs of an older population and individuals with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity. The Projected Annual Job Openings shown below refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement. </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify;line-height:normal'> </p> <table class=MsoTableGrid border=1 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 style='border-collapse:collapse;border:none;mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; mso-yfti-tbllook:1184;mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.85pt;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>Upper Rio Grande Employment</p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>2012</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.85pt;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt; border-left:none;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>Upper Rio Grande</p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>Employment</p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>2022</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.9pt;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt; border-left:none;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>Upper Rio Grande</p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>2012-2022</p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>Anticipated Growth</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.9pt;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt; border-left:none;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>El Paso, TX</p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>2014 Median Annual</p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>Wage</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.85pt;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt; border-top:none;mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>130</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.85pt;border-top:none;border-left: none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>190</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.9pt;border-top:none;border-left: none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>46.2%</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.9pt;border-top:none;border-left: none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>$68,400</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.85pt;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt; border-top:none;mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>Texas </p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>Employment</p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>2012</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.85pt;border-top:none;border-left: none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>Texas </p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>Employment</p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>2022</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.9pt;border-top:none;border-left: none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>Texas</p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>2012-2022</p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>Anticipated Growth</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.9pt;border-top:none;border-left: none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>Texas</p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>2014 Median Annual</p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>Wage</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.85pt;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt; border-top:none;mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>5,180</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.85pt;border-top:none;border-left: none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>7,150</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.9pt;border-top:none;border-left: none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>38%</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.9pt;border-top:none;border-left: none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>$68,400</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.85pt;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt; border-top:none;mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>U.S.</p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'> Employment</p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>2014</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.85pt;border-top:none;border-left: none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>U.S.</p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>Employment</p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>2024</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.9pt;border-top:none;border-left: none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>U.S. </p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>2014-2024</p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>Anticipated Growth</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.9pt;border-top:none;border-left: none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>U.S.</p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>2015 Median Annual</p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>Wage</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.85pt;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt; border-top:none;mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>78,700</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.85pt;border-top:none;border-left: none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>110,700</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.9pt;border-top:none;border-left: none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>41%</p> </td> <td width=156 valign=top style='width:116.9pt;border-top:none;border-left: none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal'>$55,170</p> </td> </table> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:left'>SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify;line-height:normal;background:white'>Note: The data for the Local and State Employment Trends and the National Employment Trends are not directly comparable. The projections period for local and state data is 2012-2022, while the projections period for national data is 2014-2024.</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify;line-height:normal;background:white'> </p>

Education: All states require physical therapist assistants to have an associate’s degree from an accredited physical therapist assistant program. Programs typically last about 2 years. Classroom study includes courses in algebra, English, anatomy, physiology, and psychology. Assistants also gain hands-on experience during supervised clinical work.

 

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations: All states require physical therapist assistants to be licensed or certified. Licensure typically requires graduation from an accredited physical therapist assistant program and passing the National Physical Therapy Exam for physical therapist assistants administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Some states require that applicants pass additional state-administered exams, undergo a criminal background check, and be at least 18 years old. Physical therapist assistants also may need to take continuing education courses to keep their license.

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