This occupation has an extremely low probability of automation.

1.8% probability

of automation

30.8% growth

projected to 2026

88,300 employed

currently in the US

$56,850 annual wage

US, median ($27.33 hourly)

What they do

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.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 1.8% likely to be automated. It ranks 83 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 88,300 people have this job. They earn $56,850 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $5,019,855,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $27.33.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 30.8% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 115,500 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).