Healthcare, Medical & Nursing
Physical Therapy

If you want to help people recover from injury, illness, and remain sprite, healthy, and mobile into old age, enjoy working with people, and want an active career that keeps you on your feet, a degree in Physical Therapy may be a great fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Physical Therapy students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), master's degree (6-7 years), or doctorate degree (8+ years). In this field, most Physical Therapists hold a master's or doctorate degree and every state requires Physical Therapists to be licensed, which requires passing the National Physical Therapy Examination administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in science helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Physical Therapy Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Physical Therapy include:

  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Physical Therapists was $89,440 in 2019 (1) while Occupational Therapists earned a median salary of $84,950 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.