Job Outlook & Careers

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therapist assistants is projected to increase 45 percent through 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Earnings

The 2012 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the national mean income for a physical therapist assistant is $52,160.
 
State Mean
hourly rate
Mean
annual salary
Wyoming $27.40 $57,000
Colorado $25.48 $53,000
Nebraska $24.04 $50,000

These state-reported salary rates are consistent with the results of LCCC’s needs assessment, which indicated the mean starting salary for a physical therapist assistant at $30,800, with increases to $35,275 after three years.

LCCC Graduation, Pass & Employment Rates

Year Graduation Rate Ultimate Licensure
Exam Pass Rate
Employment Rate
2010 88.9 percent 87 percent 100 percent
2011 85 percent 94 percent 100 percent
2012 77.8 percent 93 percent 100 percent
2013 100 percent 89 percent 100 percent

Job Opportunities

  • Outpatient physical therapy offices and clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Home health
  • Pediatrics