APTA Responds to Forbes.com Article on PT Education and Salary

Re: Best And Worst Master's Degrees For Jobs in 2014

Dear Editor:

I am writing in response to the June 12, 2014, article by Kathryn Dill, "The Best And Worst Master's Degrees For Jobs in 2014."

According to the article, physical therapy was ranked #2 as the best job for a master's degree. Readers should know that the physical therapy profession has been moving towards the doctoral degree. Now the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree, not the master's degree, is the required entry-level degree for today's physical therapist graduates.

The article also cited the mid-career median pay for physical therapists as $81,000. That data is more reflective of physical therapists who graduated 15-20 years ago (assuming a 30-40 year career) when the majority of graduates obtained master's degrees. The mid-career median pay for today's physical therapist is $85,000.

To learn more about physical therapists and the physical therapy profession, please visit www.MoveForwardPT.com.

Yours sincerely,

Emilio J. Rouco
Director of Public and Media Relations
American Physical Therapy Association