/ Asked by Kim
My son is starting college and says he wants to be a Physical Therapist - sports related. What are your thoughts on this once he finishes graduate school?
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014
According to the U.S. Department of Labor the demand for Physical therapists is expected to increase 36% from 2012-20221.  There are additional factors to consider that may affect this trend – positively I believe in terms of demand vs. supply.  We are an aging population with many more people living and being active for a much longer period of time than previous generations. 

This fact, coupled with the fact that we are continuing to make advances in medical research and application, which are subsequently contributing significantly to the extended life of individuals who are born with physical birth defects and/or suffer some type of physical trauma which requires the use of PT for rehabilitation purposes, should support the continued growth and expansion of the PT field.  If your son is interested in going into business for himself rather than working at a hospital or sports clinic you may want to suggest that he double major in business and pursue an MBA after graduation in conjunction with his MPT.
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Physical Therapists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapists.htm (visited July 30, 2014).  
Answered by Paula, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Friday, August 1, 2014
There are a variety career options available for Physical Therapists with undergraduate and graduate degrees. In addition to working in a clinical environment, there are a variety of opportunities to work for colleges/universities or professional/semi-professional sports teams within and outside the United States. Many companies operate in a global capacity in a borderless environment, and demonstrating the ability to understand different cultures and languages can be beneficial for a candidate seeking employment in a sports related field. Types of experiences a student can gain on-campus include cultural immersion programs, study abroad and learning a second language.
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, August 4, 2014
The health care marketing is ever growing and the need for PTs is as well. As he progresses through college, he'll likely find an area within PT to specialize. The sooner he determine this, he'll be able to tailor his coursework accordingly. I would also encourage him to seek internships each summer.
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, September 3, 2014
The heath care industry is a great industry to have a career in. Right now I think it might be too hard to determine what the best step(s) are for your son once he is done with school. As he continues on with his studies he will have a better idea of what area of sports medicine he wants to go into. I would recommend he gain experience in his field of study through internships. This is a great way to see the workings of his potential career. All the best for him!
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