Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 31-2021 Physical Therapist Assistants
Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Instruct, motivate, safeguard, and assist patients as they practice exercises or functional activities. Observe patients during treatments to compile and evaluate data on their responses and progress and provide results to physical therapist in person or through progress notes. Confer with physical therapy staff or others to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, or coordinating treatment. Administer active or passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, aquatic physical therapy, or heat, light, sound, or electrical modality treatments, such as ultrasound. Measure patients' range-of-joint motion, body parts, or vital signs to determine effects of treatments or for patient evaluations. Communicate with or instruct caregivers or family members on patient therapeutic activities or treatment plans. Transport patients to and from treatment areas, lifting and transferring them according to positioning requirements. Secure patients into or onto therapy equipment. Train patients in the use of orthopedic braces, prostheses, or supportive devices.
License: This applicant should submit a completed applicant with required fees to the State Board of Physical Therapy. Application Fee: $150.00 Examination Fee: $400.00 Renewal Fee: $93.00 Jurisprudence Exam (JE) Fee: $50.00
Outlook: Excellent
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $20.36   Entry $42,366.00
Mean $27.41   Mean $57,020.00
Experience $30.94 Experience $64,347.00

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.

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31-2021.00 Physical Therapist Assistants