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
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 84104 23.84 713
United States 88,300115,800 31.04,500 7,50014,740

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 28.1416.0822.93 28.2633.6038.87
Alaska 30.5018.3324.57 31.3637.3240.90
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 30.8018.4924.36 31.9937.7541.16

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

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

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Physical Therapist Assistant AAS

Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Physical Therapy Aide