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Career and Education Opportunities for Physical Therapy Assistants in Hawaii

Hawaii has a population of 1,295,178, which has grown by 6.90% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Aloha State," Hawaii's capital and largest city is Honolulu.

About 130 people are currently employed as physical therapy assistants in Hawaii. By 2016, this is expected to grow 21% to about 150 people employed. This is not quite as good as the national trend for physical therapy assistants, which sees this job pool growing by about 33.3% over the next eight years. In general, physical therapy assistants assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures.

Physical therapy assistants earn about $15 hourly or $32,070 per year on average in Hawaii and about $22 per hour or $46,140 per year on average nationally. Compared with people working in the overall category of Physical Therapy, people working as physical therapy assistants in Hawaii earn less. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Physical Therapy nationally. Jobs in this field include: physical therapy technican, rehabilitation aide, and licensed physical therapist assistant .

In 2008, there were a total of 873,749 jobs in Hawaii. The average annual income was $42,078 in 2008, up from $40,924 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Hawaii was 6.8% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 26.2% of Hawaii residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Hawaii include hotels, clothing accessories stores, and full-service restaurants. Notable tourist attractions include the Hawaii Children's Museum, the Daughters of Hawaii, and the Hawaii Army Museum Society US Army Museum.

CITIES WITH Physical Therapy Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN Hawaii


JOB DESCRIPTION: Physical Therapy Assistant

Physical Therapy Assistant video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, physical therapy assistants assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. They also 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.

Every day, physical therapy assistants are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they speak clearly.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Hawaii include:

  • Massage Therapist. Massage customers for hygienic or remedial purposes.
  • Physical Therapy Aide. Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Hawaii

Hawaii
Hawaii photo by Christopher P. Becker

Hawaii has a population of 1,295,178, which has grown by 6.90% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Aloha State," Hawaii's capital and biggest city is Honolulu. In 2008, there were a total of 873,749 jobs in Hawaii. The average annual income was $42,078 in 2008, up from $40,924 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Hawaii was 6.8% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. Approximately 26.2% of Hawaii residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Hawaii include hotels, clothing accessories stores, and full-service restaurants. Notable tourist attractions include the Iolani Palace, the Academy of Arts Honolulu, and the The Contemporary Museum.