What they do:
Diagnose and treat any conditions or illnesses that limit a person’s ability to move and function. Evaluate a patient’s endurance, joint motion, muscle strength, pain, functional ability, muscle tone and reflexes, function of the heart and lungs, and need and use of braces and artificial limbs.
What they make:
Average annual income is approximately $70,000, depending on geographic location and practice setting. The range of wages is $48,530 to $100,080 as of 2007.
Where they work:
Employment is expected to grow much faster than average. As the population ages, there will be more career opportunities in the field of physical therapy to help in the treatment of arthritis, stroke, heart disease, and other conditions. There is also an increase in fitness participation that will require physical therapists to treat and help prevent knee, leg, back, shoulder, and other injuries.
Source: Health Care Careers Directory 2009-2010. Therapy and Rehabilitation