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Career and Education Opportunities for Physical Therapists in Indiana

Indiana has a population of 6,423,113, which has grown by 5.63% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Hoosier State," Indiana's capital and biggest city is Indianapolis.

About 3,840 people are currently employed as physical therapists in Indiana. By 2016, this is expected to grow 27% to about 4,870 people employed. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for physical therapists are expected to grow by about 30.3%. In general, physical therapists assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, and decrease or prevent deformity of patients suffering from disease or injury.

Physical therapists earn about $33 per hour or $70,220 per year on average in Indiana and about $35 per hour or $72,790 per year on average nationally. Earnings for physical therapists are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Athletic and Occupational in Indiana and not quite as good as general Athletic and Occupational category earnings nationally. Physical therapists work in a variety of jobs, including: rehabilitation services director, staff physical therapist, and pediatric physical therapist.

In 2008, there were a total of 3,718,148 jobs in Indiana. The average annual income was $34,543 in 2008, up from $33,702 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Indiana was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 4.3% since the previous year. Roughly 19.4% of Indiana residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Indiana include manufacturing, primary metal manufacturing, and iron mills manufacturing.

CITIES WITH Physical Therapist OPPORTUNITIES IN Indiana


JOB DESCRIPTION: Physical Therapist

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

In general, physical therapists assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, and decrease or prevent deformity of patients suffering from disease or injury.

Every day, physical therapists 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 evaluate problems as they arise.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Indiana include:

  • Audiologist. Assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders. May fit hearing aids and provide auditory training. May perform research related to hearing problems.
  • Occupational Safety and Health Inspector. Review, evaluate, and analyze work environments and design programs and procedures to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors. May conduct inspections and enforce adherence to laws and regulations governing the health and safety of individuals. May be employed in the public or private sector.
  • Occupational Therapist. Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to disabled persons.
  • Recreational Therapist. Plan, direct, or coordinate medically-approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, or other institutions. Activities include sports, trips, and arts and crafts. May assess a patient condition and recommend appropriate recreational activity.
  • Respiratory Therapist. Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, and operate equipment.
  • Speech and Language Teacher. Assess and treat persons with speech, language, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.
  • Sports Trainer. Evaluate, advise, and treat athletes to assist recovery from injury, avoid injury, or maintain peak physical fitness.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Indiana

Indiana
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Indiana has a population of 6,423,113, which has grown by 5.63% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Hoosier State," Indiana's capital and most populous city is Indianapolis. In 2008, there were a total of 3,718,148 jobs in Indiana. The average annual income was $34,543 in 2008, up from $33,702 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Indiana was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 4.3% since the previous year. Roughly 19.4% of Indiana residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Indiana include manufacturing, primary metal manufacturing, and iron mills manufacturing.