Now is a great time to be a Physical Therapist as this occupation was recently ranked in the top ten Best Jobs of 2015 by U.S News.
To determine the best jobs each year, U.S. News takes into account jobs that are both interesting to do and that pay enough to support a lifestyle. The final aspect taken into consideration is whether or not it is a job that someone can get hired to actually do given the projected job market. That last component is the most important as the rankings depend heavily on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for occupations with predicted future job growth.
Coming in as the #6 Best Job of 2015, Physical Therapist outranked almost every other job out there in any field, and joined 6 other healthcare related occupations in the top 10. Physical Therapy secured this ranking thanks to excellent growth projection and overall job aspects including interest and versatility in work choice. According to the BLS, physical therapy employment has a projected increase of 36% by 2022, an amount higher than the projected amounts for almost all of the other top ten occupations.
Why is Physical Therapy a Top Occupation?
Versatility. PTs are able to select their area of focus based on their interests and preferences. Some may choose to work in a school environment providing services to students with special needs, while others can work in hospitals, residential care facilities, or operate a private practice. Depending on population preferences, Physical Therapy professionals can work with young or elderly populations, athletes, or those recovering from or living with serious and chronic illnesses. Jobs are available nationwide, allowing ample opportunity for job openings in any location.
Salary. In addition to allowing flexibility in job type based on interest and preferences, physical therapists also make an annual salary conducive to a supported lifestyle. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for physical therapists in 2013 was around $81,030. In addition, the top 10% made over $110,000 and the bottom 10% still made a salary of $56,280, which was over $10,000 more than the nationwide annual wage for all occupations in 2013. According to U.S News, those looking to make the highest salaries should consider jobs in home health care, schools, or nursing facilities.
It is a great time to join the field of Physical Therapy, the #6 Best Job in 2015. To get started on your career track as a PT, contact us today.
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