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Physical Therapy Schools

As a professor or instructor of physical therapy classes at one of the 260 accredited physical therapy schools in the country, you play a fundamental role in shaping the future of this growing field. The trends in the physical therapy academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes physical therapy training at the following levels:

  • Physical Therapy Certificate
  • Associates degree in Physical Therapy
  • Bachelors degree in Physical Therapy
  • Masters degree in Physical Therapy
  • PhD degree in Physical Therapy


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Physical therapy professionals

156,100 161,850 167,300 174,490 180,280
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

180,280 physical therapy professionals were working in the US in the year 2010. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of physical therapy professionals has grown by 15%.

And the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010 was 1%. This trend is expected to contine until the year 2018.

National Salary percentiles for Physical therapy professionals

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Nationally, the median yearly salary earned by physical therapy professionals was $76,310 in 2010. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for physical therapy professionals in the US was 14% more than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Physical Therapy

$66,200 $69,760 $72,790 $74,480 $76,310
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Physical therapy professionals' salaries have grown by 15% between the years 2006 and 2010.

Educational Trends

National Physical Therapy Student enrollment growth by degree

165 190 122 119 117
778 561 584 547 518
3,835 4,666 5,706 7,191 8,074
3,102 2,633 1,924 1,360 855
63 82 88 207 29
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Physical Therapy
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Physical Therapy
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Physical Therapy
  • Grey: Certificate in Physical Therapy

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for physical therapy professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In 2006, 7,943 students graduated from physical therapy degree programs in the US. In 2010, 9,593 students graduated from physical therapy schools.

This represents a 21% change in the number of graduates. The growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general has been 12% from 2006 to 2010. Thus, the growth in the number of students graduating from physical therapy courses is greater than the change in the number of students graduating in all disciplines in the US.

Physical Therapy Programs offered Nationwide


It is interesting to note that as student graduation is up, the number of schools offering physical therapy programs has decreased. There were 243 physical therapy schools across the country in 2006. And there were 260 schools in 2010.

Physical Therapy Faculty Salaries

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Currently we are in the process of collecting data for the number of physical therapy faculty, growth in the field of physical therapy academia and faculty salaries. We request your help. If you teach physical therapy courses to students at the certificate in physical therapy, associates degree in physical therapy, bachelors degree in physical therapy, masters degree in physical therapy, and PhD degree in physical therapy levels, please anonymously submit your information in the field below. By doing so, you will be helping us build a valuable database resource for the benefit of current and future physical therapy faculty. A summary of the information we have collected thus far will appear once you submit your information.


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