Physical therapists work in private practice, outpatient rehabilitation centers, schools, hospitals, home health care services and nursing care facilities.
By 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects physical therapist employment growth of 39 percent, with the field adding 77,400 more jobs. The increasing elderly population will drive growth, as will changes to restrictions on the reimbursement of physical therapy services. Recent changes to health care and insurance regulations are expected to generate millions of new patients seeking physical therapy.
U.S.News & World Report identified physical therapy as one of the "Best Jobs" of 2016, and studies by both the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago and the Wall Street Journal's Career Journal show physical therapists achieve some of the highest levels of job satisfaction in the country.
Physical therapists report the second highest levels of job satisfaction in the country, according to the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center.