Careers for Physical Education: Non-Certification Degree Graduates

Common job titles

  • Chiropractor
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physical therapist assistant and aide
  • Recreational therapist

Job Outlook Data

Physical therapists held around 211,000 jobs in 2014, the last year for which data are available. Employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 34 percent from 2014 to 2024.

Demand for physical therapy services stems mostly from the large number of aging baby boomers, who are staying more active later in life than their counterparts from previous generations. Older people are more likely to experience heart attacks, strokes and mobility-related injuries that require physical therapy for rehabilitation. In addition, common chronic conditions like diabetes and obesity require physical therapists to help patients maintain their mobility and manage the condition’s effects.

Where can I work with this major?

The largest employers of physical therapists are:

  • Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists, and audiologists
  • Hospitals
  • Home healthcare services
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Offices of physicians

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Physical Therapists.

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