Physical Therapy Assistant Work Environment

Physical therapy assistants need a moderate degree of strength because of the physical exertion required in assisting patients with their treatment.  Assistants may need to lift patients. Frequent kneeling, stooping, bending, and standing for long periods also are part of the job. Most jobs (about 72%)  are in offices of other health practitioners and in hospitals. Others work in nursing care facilities, home healthcare services, and outpatient care centers.

Physical therapy assistant job opportunities should be particularly good in acute hospital, skilled nursing, and orthopedic settings, where the elderly are most often treated.  Job prospects maybe also favorable in rural areas, as many
therapists tend to cluster in highly populated urban and suburban areas.The hours and days that physical therapist assistants work vary with the facility. About 25 percent of all physical therapist assistants work part-time in 2010. Many outpatient physical therapy offices and clinics have evening and weekend hours, to coincide with patients' personal schedules.
 


Information on this page summarized from:
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapist-assistants-and-aides.htm

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