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

  Average 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.


2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 26.5615.6921.19 26.5231.6936.99
Alaska 30.6317.7125.15 31.3937.6542.76
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 33.3520.9329.78 35.2340.1844.15

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
8215 18.339.1 20.3
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation9
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation3
UI claimants previously working in occupation1
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 27
Number of job position postings 2
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 13.5

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