Physical Therapists


Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and decrease or prevent deformity of patients suffering from disease or injury.


Top Industries of Employment

  1. Hospitals
  2. Offices Of Other Health Practitioners
  3. Nursing And Personal Care Facilities
  4. Home Health Care Services
  5. Personnel Supply Services

2002 - 2003 Wages
by MSA and Workforce Investment Areas

Area Employment**
Total
Hourly Wage Annual
Mean Entry Experienced Mean Entry Experienced
Missouri 2,880 25.67 19.55 28.73 53,400 40,660 59,770
Joplin MSA 60 32.89 28.53 35.08 68,420 59,340 72,960
Columbia MSA 150 25.85 23.80 26.87 53,760 49,500 55,890
St Joseph MSA 60 24.72 19.81 27.18 51,430 41,190 56,540
Springfield MSA 240 24.81 18.78 27.83 51,610 39,070 57,880
St Louis MSA 1,490 25.07 18.63 28.29 52,140 38,740 58,830
Kansas City* 470 24.98 19.89 27.52 51,956 41,369 57,249
Central Region* 330 25.73 20.61 28.30 53,528 42,868 58,858
Northeast Region* 70 28.10 21.56 31.37 58,448 44,847 65,249
Northwest Region* 100 24.73 15.10 29.55 51,442 31,416 61,454
Ozark Region* 270 25.31 18.93 28.50 52,647 39,369 59,285
South Central Region* 40 27.30 20.71 30.59 56,778 43,070 63,632
Southwest Region* 90 31.24 23.97 34.87 64,971 49,849 72,533
St. Charles* 180 24.64 18.11 27.90 51,253 37,676 58,041
St. Louis City* 240 25.07 19.07 28.07 52,147 39,662 58,390
St. Louis County* 800 25.19 19.65 27.96 52,396 40,880 58,154
West Central Region* 40 26.94 21.73 29.54 56,030 45,208 61,441

Long-term Employment Projections

Area Employment ** Change 2000-2010 Annual
Avg Openings
Long-term
Outlook
2000 Estimated 2010 Projected Number Percent
Missouri 2,890 3,400 510 17.65 123 Great
Kansas City MSA 840 980 140 16.67 36 Good
St Louis MSA 1,580 1,820 240 15.19 64 Great
Central Region* 240 320 80 33.33 14 Good
Northeast Region* 60 70 10 16.67 3 Good
Northwest Region* 100 130 30 30.00 3 Good
Ozark Region* 350 470 120 34.29 21 Outstanding
South Central Region* 70 80 10 14.29 3 Good
Southwest Region* 140 180 40 28.57 8 Outstanding
West Central Region* 90 110 20 22.22 4 Good

* - Workforce Investment Areas
** - Why are the employment levels different for the same occupation?



This profession generally requires Master's degree in one of the following
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Kinesiotherapy/Kinesiotherapist (NEW)