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What makes Physical Therapy one of the best careers?

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Careers in Physical Therapy

It is reported that every year up to 77 percent of Americans experience musculoskeletal injuries. Though not every injury dealing with the musculoskeletal system requires physical therapy, most can benefit from PT.

In fact, the American Physical Therapy Association brands physical therapists as “the practitioners of choice for examination and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions that affect people’s abilities to function in their daily lives”.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 34 percent job growth within the physical therapy profession before 2024.  Given this growth, a prominent need exists for more Doctor of Physical Therapy students entering the field.

And for those pursuing a career in Pennsylvania, the job outlook is even more promising — recognized by the BLS as the state with the fifth highest employment rate of physical therapists in the country.

In addition to significant demand and an excellent national and regional job outlook, physical therapists are among some of the highest paid professionals, with a median annual wage of $84,020. Those in the Philadelphia region specifically are on the higher end of the pay scale, making an average salary of $87,130 each year.

In a recent survey, Payscale asked people in over 500 unique job titles how meaningful they felt their profession was. Physical therapy tied for seventh out of 500 in a list of most meaningful jobs, indicating that 90 percent of physical therapists reported feeling that their job “made the world a better place”.

Alvernia Doctor of Physical Therapy students can rest assured, knowing that they are stepping into a career full of high satisfaction and high job security, with the advantage of pursuing their degree in a region of high-demand.  The future looks bright for DPT students as they prepare to go make a difference in the world.

Effective November 12, 2014, Alvernia University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.

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