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Physical Therapists

Employment Prospects


Approximately 233,350 physical therapists are employed in the United States. Hospitals and offices of other health practitioners, such as physicians, employ more than 65 percent of physical therapists. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the rest work in settings such as private physical therapy offices, community health centers, sports facilities, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, and schools. Physical therapists may be involved in research or teach at colleges and universities. Veterans Administration hospitals and other government agencies also hire physical therapists. Some physical therapists are self-employed.

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