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.
Bureau 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