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Physical Therapist Assistants

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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Skills Needed

69%

Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

66%

Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

66%

Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

66%

Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

60%

Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

56%

Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

56%

Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

56%

Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

53%

Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

53%

Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

53%

Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

50%

Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

50%

Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

50%

Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

47%

Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

44%

Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

44%

Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

41%

Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

41%

Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

41%

Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

38%

Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

31%

Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

31%

Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

28%

Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

25%

Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.

25%

Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

22%

Management of Material Resources - Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.

22%

Technology Design - Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

22%

Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

22%

Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

19%

Management of Financial Resources - Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

16%

Programming - Writing computer programs for various purposes.

0%

Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

0%

Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

0%

Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Wages

This following graph displays the lower, median and upper income potential of the job.

 
  • Lower Income Salary $32k
  • Median Income Salary$65k
  • Upper Income Salary $92k

Employment Projections for this Job

 

Education Pathway

High school courses

  • Below A rigorous high school STEM education - versus the minimum required for graduation - prepares students to come up with creative solutions to tough problems, better preparing them for college and new careers.

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Degree Levels Offered

    • PHYS THERAPIST ASSISTANT-AAS

    Links to Schools and Programs

    Education by degree The following are the total graduates from all the Nevada System of Higher Education institutions in 2014-2015 school year.

    • 8

      Associate's Degree