Physical Therapist Aides

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What do they do?

Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.

Also known as:

Clinical Rehabilitation Aide, Physical Therapist Aide (PTA), Physical Therapist Technician (Physical Therapy Tech), Physical Therapy Aide (PTA), Physical Therapy Attendant, Physical Therapy Technician, Rehabilitation Aide, Rehabilitation Attendant, Restorative Aide (RA), Restorative Care Technician, Therapy Aide

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Physical Therapist Aides in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Physical Therapist Aides is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 4.3%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #23 in job growth rate
  • 250

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #7 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.9%)
  • Master's degree (3.3%)
  • Bachelor's degree (25.4%)
  • Associate's degree (50.6%)
  • Some college, no degree (12.2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (6.9%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.8%)

Percent of workers in this field

★ You’re seeing education information for Physical therapist aides(1) because we don’t have information for Physical Therapist Aides. Please note the information may not be the same for both occupations.

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Clean patient rooms or patient treatment rooms.
  • Clean medical equipment.
  • Engage patients in exercises or activities.
  • Encourage patients during therapeutic activities.
  • Maintain medical records.
  • Administer therapy treatments to patients using hands or physical treatment aids.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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