There are currently an estimated 88,300 physical therapist assistants in the United States. The physical therapist assistant job market is expected to grow by 31.1% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are physical therapist assistants?

CareerExplorer rates physical therapist assistants with an A- employability rating, meaning this career should provide great employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 34,900 physical therapist assistants. That number is based on 27,500 additional physical therapist assistants, and the retirement of 7,400 existing physical therapist assistants.

What’s the supply of physical therapist assistants?

The physical therapist assistant industry is concentrated in Texas, Ohio, Florida

Physical Therapist Assistant job market by state

State Name Employed Physical Therapist Assistants
Texas 7,240
Ohio 5,900
Florida 5,880
Pennsylvania 5,180
California 5,120
Illinois 4,680
New York 4,320
Michigan 3,870
Indiana 2,840
Tennessee 2,820
North Carolina 2,790
Massachusetts 2,720
Virginia 2,650
Missouri 2,200
Georgia 2,170
Alabama 1,890
Kentucky 1,680
Wisconsin 1,640
Louisiana 1,530
Maryland 1,520
New Jersey 1,430
Minnesota 1,410
Arizona 1,400
Oklahoma 1,320
South Carolina 1,290
Washington 1,290
Colorado 1,270
Kansas 1,210
Arkansas 1,010
Iowa 980
Mississippi 930
Nebraska 790
Puerto Rico 750
Oregon 750
West Virginia 740
Utah 710
Connecticut 680
Nevada 630
New Mexico 480
New Hampshire 430
Idaho 360
Delaware 350
Maine 280
Rhode Island 270
South Dakota 250
Hawaii 210
Vermont 190
Wyoming 170
District of Columbia 160
Montana 160
North Dakota 140