Physical Therapist Assistants (31-2021)

Occupation description:  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.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 6272 16.11 23
United States 78,700110,700 40.63,190 2,2805,470

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is strong with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 27.7017.2722.49 27.6132.5838.17
Alaska 29.4020.7724.17 30.8535.0437.56
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 29.5920.8624.41 31.1535.1837.58

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
9920 20.237.0 19.8
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation14
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation5
UI claimants previously working in occupation4
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 31
Number of job position postings 10
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 3.1

Alaska Licensing Information


Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Associate's degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Physical Therapist Assistant AAS

 Degree
Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Physical Therapy Aide