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Physical Therapist Assistant
$48,547 – $66,498
Associate's degree; state-issued license required
A physical therapist assistant helps physical therapists develop and carry out treatment plans for patients. They may assist with exercises, massages, electrical stimulation, hot and cold packs and other treatments. A physical therapist assistant also records the patient's responses to treatment and reports outcomes to the physical therapist.
A physical therapist assistant can work in hospitals, clinics, nursing care facilities, rehabilitation centers or private offices.
A physical therapist assistant is required to earn an associate's degree. They are licensed by the State of California Board of Physical Therapy.