Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 29-1123 Physical Therapists
Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and decrease or prevent deformity of patients suffering from disease or injury.
Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
OJT: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Tasks: Plan, prepare, or carry out individually designed programs of physical treatment to maintain, improve, or restore physical functioning, alleviate pain, or prevent physical dysfunction in patients. Perform and document an initial exam, evaluating data to identify problems and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention. Evaluate effects of treatment at various stages and adjust treatments to achieve maximum benefit. Identify and document goals, anticipated progress, and plans for reevaluation. Record prognosis, treatment, response, and progress in patient's chart or enter information into computer. Obtain patients' informed consent to proposed interventions. Test and measure patient's strength, motor development and function, sensory perception, functional capacity, or respiratory or circulatory efficiency and record data. Review physician's referral and patient's medical records to help determine diagnosis and physical therapy treatment required.
License: Application is made either for licensure by “examination” or “endorsement”. The licensing examination is accomplished via computer. Candidates make application through the Alabama State Board of Physical Therapy. All completed applications (examination or endorsement) are reviewed for acceptability by the Executive Director. Candidates with acceptable applications are granted approval to sit for the examination and/or licensure. Application Fee: $150.00 Examination Fee: $400.00 Renewal Fee: $130.00 Jurisprudence Exam (JE) Fee: $50.00
Outlook: Very Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $30.78   Entry $64,017.00
Mean $43.40   Mean $90,273.00
Experience $49.71 Experience $103,391.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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Occupational Videos
29-1123.00 Physical Therapists