PT also seemed like a pretty satisfying occupation - directly helps those in treatment, but at the same time seemed like a rigorous job which required standing and helping with patients for an extended period of time depending on how busy they were. Where I was they were extremely busy. A general description from the Occupational Outlook Handbook are here with earnings information as follows:
Median annual earnings of physical therapists were $66,200 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $55,030 and $78,080. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $46,510, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $94,810.
Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of physical therapists in May 2006 were:
Home health care services $70,920
Nursing care facilities 68,650
General medical and surgical hospitals 66,630
Offices of physicians 65,900
Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists, and audiologists 65,150
Some other stats from the Occupational Outlook Handbook puzzled me:
Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation are:
1. Sherman-Denison, TX
2. Missoula, MT
3. Waterbury, CT
4. Jackson, TN
5. Cumberland, MD-WV
Are there sports teams in these areas or more rehab clinics?
And what about these stats on earnings? Supply or demand?
Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Percent of MSA employment