There are currently an estimated 239,800 physical therapists in the United States. The physical therapist job market is expected to grow by 28.0% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are physical therapists?

CareerExplorer rates physical therapists 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 69,200 physical therapists. That number is based on 67,100 additional physical therapists, and the retirement of 2,100 existing physical therapists.

What’s the supply of physical therapists?

The physical therapist industry is concentrated in California, Texas, New York

Physical Therapist job market by state

State Name Employed Physical Therapists
California 20,450
Texas 15,930
New York 15,750
Florida 12,810
Illinois 11,400
Pennsylvania 11,300
Massachusetts 8,690
Michigan 8,250
Ohio 7,690
New Jersey 7,460
Virginia 6,400
North Carolina 6,190
Georgia 5,080
Washington 5,050
Colorado 5,040
Indiana 5,030
Maryland 4,930
Wisconsin 4,730
Tennessee 4,640
Missouri 4,520
Minnesota 4,230
Connecticut 3,940
Arizona 3,400
Louisiana 2,950
South Carolina 2,930
Oregon 2,740
Alabama 2,520
Kentucky 2,460
Oklahoma 2,360
Kansas 1,990
Arkansas 1,910
Iowa 1,880
Utah 1,720
Mississippi 1,720
Nevada 1,560
Nebraska 1,490
Maine 1,480
New Hampshire 1,380
New Mexico 1,350
West Virginia 1,240
Idaho 1,200
Montana 990
Hawaii 950
Delaware 930
Rhode Island 900
South Dakota 800
Vermont 780
North Dakota 680
District of Columbia 660
Alaska 500
Wyoming 470
Puerto Rico 470
Guam 30