Physical Therapist Assistants


Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.


Top Industries of Employment

  1. Hospitals
  2. Offices Of Other Health Practitioners

2002 - 2003 Wages
by MSA and Workforce Investment Areas

Area Employment**
Total
Hourly Wage Annual
Mean Entry Experienced Mean Entry Experienced
Missouri 1,320 16.98 12.62 19.15 35,310 26,260 39,840
Columbia MSA 50 16.40 13.01 18.10 34,110 27,050 37,640
Springfield MSA 80 17.01 14.11 18.46 35,390 29,350 38,410
St Louis MSA 1,000 16.23 10.89 18.89 33,750 22,660 39,300
Kansas City* 160 15.97 12.40 17.75 33,211 25,793 36,920
Central Region* 110 16.36 13.31 17.88 34,021 27,685 37,189
Northeast Region* 30 15.60 12.60 17.11 32,457 26,200 35,585
Northwest Region* 60 17.83 14.01 19.74 37,083 29,144 41,052
Ozark Region* 90 16.96 14.32 18.28 35,279 29,777 38,030
South Central Region* 30 18.37 14.13 20.48 38,203 29,397 42,606
St. Charles* 100 19.20 15.33 21.14 39,941 31,877 43,973
St. Louis City* 150 17.47 13.04 19.68 36,331 27,128 40,932
St. Louis County* 360 16.59 12.00 18.88 34,508 24,969 39,278
West Central Region* 20 17.24 12.83 19.44 35,850 26,684 40,432

Long-term Employment Projections

Area Employment ** Change 2000-2010 Annual
Avg Openings
Long-term
Outlook
2000 Estimated 2010 Projected Number Percent
Missouri 1,240 1,560 320 25.81 70 Great
Kansas City MSA 240 300 60 25.00 14 Good
St Louis MSA 1,010 1,260 250 24.75 55 Great
Central Region* 80 120 40 50.00 7 Good
Northeast Region* 20 30 10 50.00 2 Caution
Northwest Region* 50 70 20 40.00 2 Good
Ozark Region* 90 130 40 44.44 7 Great
South Central Region* 30 40 10 33.33 2 Caution
Southwest Region* 60 80 20 33.33 4 Good
West Central Region* 30 40 10 33.33 2 Caution

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



This profession generally requires Associate degree in one of the following
Physical Therapist Assistant