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Physical therapists, formerly called physiotherapists, are health care specialists who restore mobility, alleviate pain and suffering, and work to prevent permanent disability for their patients. They test and measure the functions of the musculoskeletal, neurological, pulmonary, and cardiovascular systems and treat problems in these systems caused by illness, injury, or birth defect. Physical therapists provide preventive, restorative, and rehabilitative treatment for their patients. Approximately 209,960 physical therapists are licensed to practice in the United States.

Salary Range

$50,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Master's Degree

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Much Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On

Helpful

Outgoing

Career Ladder
Chief Physical Therapist

Physical Therapist

Physical Therapy Assistant

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