DPT Career Pathways & Outcomes

Careers as a Doctor of Physical Therapy

Physical therapists (PTs) work with people of all ages and abilities in a variety of settings. PTs are movement experts who can improve patients' quality of life through prescribed exercises, hands-on care, and education—they help patients rehabilitate from injuries or surgeries, manage chronic conditions, and create healthy habits that can prevent future complications. Physical therapy can have a profound effect on people's life by restoring movement, reducing pain, preventing disability, and helping patients maintain or regain their independence.

A Doctor in Physical Therapy degree from an accredited program is needed to practice as a PT in the United States. Upon graduation, students must also pass a state licensure exam.

Physical Therapy Job Outlook

  • Job growth rate for physical therapists is expected to be 15% between 2022 and 2032
  • 2022 median income was $97,720 per year for the United States
  • Work is found in private offices and clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, traveling to patients’ homes, and can be done virtually with telehealth
  • Physical therapist may work with a diverse patient base or may find employment for focused patient care in areas including but not limited to, acute, pediatric, cardiovascular and pulmonary, orthopaedic, and geriatric care
  • Expected 13,900 jobs openings each year over the decade

Data source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Graduate Employment Statistics

Each year, accredited DPT programs share critical data on graduate employment, which includes graduation rate, first time exam pass rate, licensure exam pass rate, and employment rate. We are pleased to report that a majority of our graduates succeed in passing the licensure exam and find employment after graduating. Take a closer look at our programs' outcomes.

DPT-Boston (2022 graduating class)

  • Graduation Rate: 93.0%
  • 1st Time Pass Rate: 75.0%
  • Ultimate Licensure Exam Pass Rate: 93.8%
  • Employment Rate: 100%


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