Learn about the types of people who become physical therapist assistants. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.
Employment Type Mix, 2022
54% of physical therapist assistants work in full-time roles while 46% work part-time.
Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2022
This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a physical therapist assistant. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.
More men than women are interested in becoming physical therapist assistants at a ratio of 1.03 to 1.
Actual Gender Mix, 2022
67% of physical therapist assistants are female and 33% are male.
Gender Bias, 2022
This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a physical therapist assistant and the actual gender mix of people in the career.
If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a physical therapist assistant and those who end up becoming one.
In this case there are more men interested in becoming a physical therapist assistant than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.
Ethnic Mix, 2019
The largest ethnic group of physical therapist assistants are White, making up 67% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and East Asian, making up 9% and 7% respectively.