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Western MA Fast Facts

  • Workers in Hampden County: 400
  • Entry Level Salary:$32/hour
  • Experienced Salary:$46/hour

Hampshire Franklin Counties

  • Workers in Hampshire Franklin Counties:240
  • Entry Level Salary:$50/hour
  • Experienced Salary:$44/hour
  • Education Needed: Doctoral degree

Occupational Employment and Wages Statistics, May 2016, EOLWD

Physical Therapists

Physical therapists work with patients to improve their ability to move, relieve pain and restore function to specific areas of the body, especially after an accident, illness or in the case of chronic conditions like arthritis.

With an aging population that is more physically active than ever before, the need for physical therapy is becoming increasingly important. Physical therapists are now employed more often by nursing facilities, and there continues to be a consistent need from Western Massachusetts employers for qualified PTs.

Physical therapists work with patients to improve their ability to move, relieve pain and restore function to specific areas of the body, especially after an accident, illness or in the case of chronic conditions like arthritis.

Physical therapists

  • Help people regain or improve physical abilities, including gaining strength, relieve pain, or improve mobility
  • Work with a care team that usually includes a physician, surgeon, or other specialist involved in the patient’s care and treatment
  • Educate and train patients, family members and caregivers on rehabilitation exercises, activity restrictions, and day-to-day care skills

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Education and training requirements

In order to practice, physical therapists must hold a doctor in physical therapy degree, and must also be pass the National Physical Therapy licensing exam. There are several different options for education paths, including bachelor’s degree programs that provide direct entry into advanced degree programs, or as a graduate student into a doctorate program.

Physical therapists are also expected to have

  • Patience and understanding when dealing with patients, and excellent teamwork skills
  • Physical stamina in order to allow them to move heavy equipment and lift patients or help them turn, stand, or walk
  • A high comfort level working with the elderly, as most growing job opportunities will be related to or include geriatric care

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This website was funded in part by Workforce STAT (Skills, Talent, Awareness, Training): Transforming Regional Capacity for Healthcare Education, Grant # CB18820. Workforce STAT was a $1.66 million Community Based Job Training Initiative through the U.S. Department of Labor. The website is also funded in part by a Healthcare Skills Gap Partnership grant through the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The grant program was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered by Commonwealth Corporation.