Career Details

Physical Therapist Assistant

Career Overview

A physical therapist assistant (PTA) helps patients to regain movement and deal with pain after an injury or illness. They work under the supervision of a physical therapist.


Completing a two-three year physical therapist assistant college program is required to obtain these positions.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$34,000 /yr
$56,000 /yr
$79,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology and psychology!
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks very good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

PTAs 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. Also, many people only do this work part-time.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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