Learn about the types of people who become physical therapists. This page goes into detail about the ethnic and gender ratio of the workplace.


Ethnic Minority Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of physical therapists are White, making up 60% of the population. The next highest segments are South Asian and Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish, making up 8% and 8% respectively.


Employment Type Mix, 2019

77% of physical therapists work in full-time roles while 23% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2019

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a physical therapist. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming physical therapists at a ratio of 1.00 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2019

70% of physical therapists are female and 30% are male.


Gender Bias, 2019

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a physical therapist 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 and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are significantly more men interested in becoming a physical therapist 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.