A Good Fit For:

Individuals who enjoy helping injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain through treatment.

Median Annual Salary:


Data last updated August 2023

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Job Description

Administers therapeutic treatments utilizing physical agents, biomechanical and neurophysiological principles and assistive devices in relieving pain, restoring maximum functions and preventing disability following disease or injury. Provides direct supervision of support personnel and students. Evaluates patients and develops patient care plans, provides direct patient care, documents all pertinent information, and educates patients and others regarding the treatment plan and procedures. For home services, may travel to patient home to render services. Must be designated as a Registered Physical Therapist by the State Board of Medical Registration and Examination.

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Employment Outlook

Employment is expected to increase 39% from 2010 to 2020.


Doctorate – 5+ Years

  • MUSC
  • USC-Columbia





  • Patient Diagnosis
  • Patient Testing
  • Patient Care
  • Patient Treatment
  • Patient Examination
  • Patient Education
  • Patient Therapy