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Career and Education Opportunities for Physical Therapists in Rhode Island

Rhode Island has a population of 1,053,209, which has grown by 0.47% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Ocean State," Rhode Island's capital and largest city is Providence.

There are currently 870 working physical therapists in Rhode Island; this should grow 24% to 1,080 working physical therapists in the state by 2016. 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%. Physical therapists generally 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.

A person working as a physical therapist can expect to earn about $37 per hour or $78,060 yearly on average in Rhode Island and about $35 per hour or $72,790 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Physical therapists earn more than people working in the category of Athletic and Occupational generally in Rhode Island and less than people in the Athletic and Occupational category nationally. People working as physical therapists can fill a number of jobs, such as: sports physical therapist, pediatric physical therapist, and pulmonary physical therapist.

In 2008, there were a total of 612,258 jobs in Rhode Island. The average annual income was $41,261 in 2008, up from $40,147 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island was 11.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Approximately 25.6% of Rhode Island residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Rhode Island include miscellaneous manufacturing, other miscellaneous manufacturing, and electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Providence Athenaeum, the RI Holocaust Museum, and the Providence Fire Museum.

CITIES WITH Physical Therapist OPPORTUNITIES IN Rhode Island


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 Rhode Island 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.
  • 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: Rhode Island

Rhode Island
Rhode Island photo by Whitney

Rhode Island has a population of 1,053,209, which has grown by 0.47% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Ocean State," Rhode Island's capital and biggest city is Providence. In 2008, there were a total of 612,258 jobs in Rhode Island. The average annual income was $41,261 in 2008, up from $40,147 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island was 11.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Roughly 25.6% of Rhode Island residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Rhode Island include miscellaneous manufacturing, other miscellaneous manufacturing, and electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Rhode Island Historical Society, the USS Saratoga Museum Foundation Inc, and the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum.