Jobs for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants will grow by a whopping 27 to 29 percent through 2016, making this one of the fastest-growing jobs in the nation. Career education for physical therapy assistants may include studies in physiology, biomechanics, chemistry, and biology. CPR certification may also be required for employment, depending on state and local regulations.
Physical Therapy CareersStudents who want to become physical therapy aides and assistants traditionally pursue a two-year training program leading to an associate's degree. Upon graduation, they work under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist, assisting patients with treatment and exercise procedures. Physical therapists must study longer, completing master's degree programs and passing rigorous national and state licensing exams before entering the profession. Physical therapy professionals work in private clinics, hospitals, rehabilitations centers, and nursing care facilities. Work may be physically strenuous.