January 10, 2008
Dear Ms. Zupek-
Your latest CareerBuilder.com story "30 Top Jobs in 2008," also featured on MSN.com, highlights the physical therapist and physical therapist assistant professions. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) was thrilled to see such positive media coverage.
I wanted to clarify the educational requirements and salary range listed for the physical therapist. Today, most physical therapy education programs offer the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree. Currently, 210 colleges and universities nationwide offer professional physical therapist education programs. Of these programs, 85% of these schools offer the DPT degree. The other schools plan to offer the degree in the future.
Regarding the salary range for a physical therapist, the range you published is slightly lower than what APTA's research shows. The median gross salary, earned by a DPT in 2005, was $55,000. I think you might find the attached "2006 Median Income of Physical Therapists Summary Report" useful for future stories.
Please contact the public relations department should you have additional questions or need more information. Thank you again for profiling the wonderful career of the physical therapist and physical therapist assistant!
Assistant Director, Public Relations
American Physical Therapy Association