Job Outlook

US News & World Report has repeatedly included physical therapists among it's best 100 jobs in terms of employment opportunity, good salary, manageable work-life balance, and job security:  2013, 2012, and 2009. CNNMoney.com also included physical therapists among its list of the top 10 "Fastest Growing Jobs" in November 2012 and ranked the profession #4 out of 100 "Best Jobs in America" in 2010.


There is a high demand for physical therapists in the workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therapists is expected to grow by 39 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. According to APTA, with just a 0.2 percent unemployment rate, physical therapists are now experiencing the best employment conditions since enactment of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. The need for PTs is expected to increase into the foreseeable future as the U.S. population ages and the demand for physical therapy services grows.


Physical therapists can work in a variety of settings including:

  • Hospitals

  • Schools

  • Nursing homes

  • Home health

  • Rehabilitation centers

  • Outpatient clinics

  • Educational institutions

As a graduate of UF's physical therapy program you will be ready to: 

  • Practice autonomously as a professional therapist

  • Work as a general practitioner

  • Be dedicated to self-motivated, life-long learning

  • Understand the value of service to the profession and to the community
  • Act professionally, think critically, solve problems and communicate effectively.
  • Appreciate awareness of individual needs, cultural differences and psychosocial factors, which may affect human function


Our Graduates

  • Are knowledgeable, have strong clinical experiences and are well prepared for entry level physical therapy positions

  • Work as generalist practitioners

  • Display a dedication to self-motivated, life-long learning

  • Are trained to be professional, think critically, solve problems and communicate effectively

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the value of service to the profession and to the community

  • Demonstrate an awareness of individual and cultural differences and psychosocial factors, which may affect human function


UF Employment Preparation for Doctor of Physical Therapy Students

As faculty in the doctor of physical therapy program, we work collaboratively with Career Services to host an annual skills building workshop to help students with resume writing, interviewing skills, an techniques for negotiating.

A job fair welcoming local and regional employers provides the students with the opportunity to practice networking skills and to research employment options post-graduation. 


College Central Network

Periodically the physical therapy program receives position announcements and requests for employees. In an effort to simplify the process and make the information available to a wide audience all such information is sent to the career services office and is posted online at College Central Network. Log in and check it out. The site is open to students, alumni and employers.​


Links from the American Physical Therapy Association to check out:

Physical Therapist (PT) Careers Overview

Hot spot for employment opportunities for physical therapists.

Offers many resources to help assist students and physical therapists with career development options and mentorship programs