If you’re considering a job as a physical therapist, good for you! PTs help people recover from injury or illness so that they may manage any pain and restore/improve movement.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLSL) notes that the median salary for a PT in 2010 was more than $76,000. As for job growth, the BLS predicted that the job growth rate for PTs between 2010-2020 will be 39 percent (this is compared to an average growth rate for all occupations of 14 percent).

USNews.com has ranked physical therapy programs throughout the U.S. for 2012. Continue below to see which programs were ranked as the top 15. (Note: The rankings are based on a 5.0 scale.)

1)    The University of Southern California, Department of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. Score: 4.3

2)    University of Delaware, Department of Physical Therapy. Score: 4.2

3)    University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Score: 4.1

4)    Washington University in Saint Louis, Program in Physical Therapy. Score: 4.1

5)    University of Iowa, Graduate Program in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. Score: 3.9

6)    U.S. Army – Baylor University, Doctoral Physical Therapy Program. Score: 3.9

7)    Emory University, Division of Physical Therapy. Score: 3.8

8)    MGH Institute of Health Professions, Graduate Program in Physical Therapy. Score: 3.8

9)    Northwestern University, Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences. Score: 3.7

10) University of Miami, Department of Physical Therapy. Score: 3.7

9) University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Division of Physical Therapy. Score: 3.7

11) Marquette University, Department of Physical Therapy. Score: 3.6

12) University of Florida, Department of Physical Therapy. Score: 3.6

13) Arcadia University, Department of Physical Therapy. Score: 3.5

14) University of Utah, College of Health. Score: 3.5

You’ll need a master’s degree in physical therapy (MPT) in order to start practicing as a PT. However, the profession is migrating to the doctor of physical therapy degree (DPT) as the “entry-level” degree necessary to enter the field.

If you’re an experienced physical therapist (or occupational or even speech therapist) and have a desire to serve coupled with an itch for adventure as a traveling PT, then contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We’d love to speak to you about traveling assignments at clinics, hospitals, rehab centers and other healthcare facilities across the country. Contact us today!