Physical Therapist

Career Overview

A physical therapist (PT) helps patients to regain movement and deal with pain after an injury or illness through movement and exercise, manual therapy, and education. Use the search box to find the videos made by Dr. Jon and Dr. Amy!


A three-year doctor of physical therapy degree is required to obtain these positions. A student typically must first have a four-year bachelor’s degree just to get into the PT program. That's 7 years of college!

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$52,000 /yr
$80,000 /yr
$110,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including chemistry, biology, and physics!
Work Environment

PTs 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.

Future Outlook

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

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada