Physical Therapy Tech: Career Profile

Physical therapy techs, also referred to as physical therapy aides, are part of a burgeoning career field. Physical therapy techs assist physical therapists in providing health care and rehabilitation services to those who are injured or in need.

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Salary Information and Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median yearly income for physical therapist aides was $24,310 in 2013 (www.bls.gov). The highest-paid workers earned over $36,390 annually in 2013, while the lowest-paid workers earned $17,820 annually or less. From 2012 to 2022, the BLS predicts that growth in employment opportunities for physical therapy aides will increase by 41%, which is much faster than average.

Current medical developments, as well as advances in technology, are expected to increase the survival rate of trauma victims and individuals with debilitating health conditions, which would increase demand for physical therapy services. Techs who are willing to work in rural areas, outside of the most heavily populated cities in the U.S., may see less competition for jobs. Overall, however, job competition is expected to be high for opportunities in this career.

Typical Job Duties

Physical therapy technicians are responsible for assisting physical therapists with non-clinical tasks while caring for individuals. Physical therapy techs may help patients move, keep treatment areas organized and clean, assist patients with light exercises and record progress for therapists. They may also order and arrange supplies as well as change patient linens and pillows.

Required Education

The only universal prerequisite for becoming a physical therapy tech is having a high school diploma. Techs, unlike assistants, are not required to obtain licensing to perform their duties.

Physical therapy techs and aides learn their job duties after gaining employment or through an educational program. These programs can include both classroom and clinical experience as part of the process. Coursework can include subjects like therapeutic exercise, anatomy, physiology and kinesiology. Physical therapy techs who wish to advance their careers and become physical therapy assistants typically need to complete an associate's degree program accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association's Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

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