• Physical Therapists
  • Health Science
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 86,450
    $63,270 range bar $113,230
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Fast Growing
  • Physical therapists, sometimes called PTs, help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. These therapists are often an important part of rehabilitation and treatment of patients with chronic conditions or injuries.

What do they typically do

  • Test and measure patient's strength and functional capacity, and record data
  • Review patients' medical history and any referrals or notes from doctors or surgeons
  • Discharge patient from physical therapy when goals are completed and provide for appropriate follow-up care or referrals
  • Use exercises, stretching maneuvers, hands-on therapy, and equipment to ease patients' pain, help them increase their mobility, prevent further pain or injury,
  • Instruct patient and family in treatment procedures to be continued at home
  • Set up a plan of care for patients, outlining the patient's goals and the expected outcome of the plan
  • Evaluate and record patient's progress, changing the plan of care and trying new treatments as needed
  • Diagnose patients' abnormal movements through observation and by listening to their concerns

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Job Growth +1.4%
Job Opening 389

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