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Occupational Report for Physical Therapist Assistants (31-2021) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.

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Employment Outlook for Physical Therapist Assistants
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was at about the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be at about the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a much faster rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist for trained workers largely due to the significant number of job openings projected for this occupation.

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Current Employment Department Job Openings for Physical Therapist Assistants There are 16 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 16 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Physical Therapist Assistant 10/24/14 Coos Bay
Physical Therapy Assistant - Full Time - Dallas, OR 10/21/14 Dallas DOE
Physical Therapist Assistant 10/19/14 Salem
Rehabilitation Technician - Part Time - McMinnville, OR 10/15/14 Mcminnville DOE
PTA / Physical Therapy Assistant 10/15/14 Grants Pass
Physical Therapy Assistant / Physical Therapist Assistant - PTA 10/10/14 Eugene
Physical Therapist Assistant - PTA - PRN - Dallas, OR 10/8/14 Dallas DOE
Full-Time Physical Therapist Assistant 10/3/14 Albany
Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) 10/2/14 Hillsboro
Physical Therapist Assistant 9/25/14 Lake Oswego
Physical Therapist Assistant 9/24/14 Eugene $21.30/hr to $25.00/hr DOE
Part-Time Physical Therapist Assistant 9/17/14 Tigard
Physical Therapist Assistant 9/16/14 Medford
Physical Therapist Assistant 8/29/14 Portland
Physical Therapist Assistant 8/29/14 Albany
Physical Therapist Assistant 5/20/14 Newport
Job Openings from the Web for Physical Therapist Assistants The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 80 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
PTA Skilled Nursing Opportunity in Oregon 10/23/14 Comp Health
Physical Therapist Assistant - Skilled - (PTA) 10/22/14 Dallas Med Travelers
PTA - Physical Therapist Assistant. In a SNF UNIT Setting n... 10/22/14 Dallas
Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) - SNF 13 Week Contract 10/22/14 Dallas Centra Healthcare
Physical Therapist Assistant - Skilled - (PTA) 10/22/14 Dallas Club Staffing
Physical Therapist Assistant - Skilled - (PTA) 10/22/14 Dallas Med Travelers
Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) - SNF 13 Week Contract 10/21/14 Dallas Centra Healthcare Solutions
PTA Physical Therapy Assistant 10/16/14 Medford Infinity MedStaff
PTA Physical Therapy Assistant 10/16/14 Medford Infinity MedStaff
PTA Physical Therapy Assistant 10/16/14 Albany Infinity MedStaff
PTA Physical Therapy Assistant 10/16/14 Albany Infinity MedStaff
Physical Therapist Assistant 10/16/14 Salem Infinity Rehab
PTA Physical Therapy Assistant 10/16/14 Portland Infinity MedStaff
PTA Physical Therapy Assistant 10/16/14 Lake Oswego Infinity MedStaff
PTA Physical Therapy Assistant 10/16/14 Portland Infinity MedStaff
PTA Physical Therapy Assistant 10/16/14 Lake Oswego Infinity MedStaff
PTA / Physical Therapy Assistant 10/15/14 Aureus Medical Group
PTA / Physical Therapy Assistant 10/15/14
TruStaff 10/15/14 Grants Pass
Physical Therapist Assistant 10/14/14 Grants Pass Supplemental Health Care
PTA / Physical Therapy Assistant 10/13/14 Grants Pass C&A Industries Inc.
Physical Therapist Assistant 10/13/14 Coos Bay Life Care Centers of America
Physical Therapist Assistant 10/13/14 Grants Pass Greenlight Staffing Services Inc.
Physical Therapist Assistant - PTA 10/10/14 Lake Oswego Supplemental Health Care
Physical Therapy Assistant / Physical Therapist Assistant - PTA 10/9/14 Eugene GOLDEN LIVING
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Wages for Physical Therapist Assistants
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
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Annual
10th 25th 50th
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75th 90th
Note: This occupation has a large share of part-time workers.
Annual wages for occupations with a large share of part-time workers may overstate actual income.
Oregon Statewide $20.24 $23.34 $26.15 $28.90 $33.84 $26.31 $54,727
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 24.35 25.44 27.28 29.11 32.44 27.51 57,224
Multnomah / Washington 19.52 21.56 24.91 28.14 32.54 25.17 52,350
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 23.62 25.39 28.30 32.28 35.21 28.29 58,859
Lane 23.84 25.66 28.69 34.79 41.82 30.22 62,850
Coos / Curry 23.76 24.75 26.39 28.02 29.04 26.38 54,868
Jackson / Josephine 23.61 24.87 26.96 29.10 33.81 27.32 56,825
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 19.71 21.64 25.41 28.92 34.99 26.08 54,249
Clackamas 20.83 23.46 25.58 27.59 28.79 25.05 52,112
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Regional Employment Projections for Physical Therapist Assistants
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 582 768 186 32.0% 19 13 32
Multnomah / Washington 241 346 105 43.6% 10 5 15
Clackamas 73 98 25 34.2% 2 2 4
Lane 48 61 13 27.1% 1 1 2
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 47 61 14 29.8% 1 1 2
Jackson / Josephine 41 55 14 34.1% 1 1 2
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 33 47 14 42.4% 1 1 2
Baker / Union / Wallowa 14 18 4 28.6% 0 0 0
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 14 19 5 35.7% 0 0 0
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 14 18 4 28.6% 0 0 0
Douglas 12 16 4 33.3% 0 0 0
Coos / Curry 12 14 2 16.7% 0 0 0
Morrow / Umatilla 6 9 3 50.0% 0 0 0
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 5 6 1 20.0% 0 0 0
Klamath / Lake 5 6 1 20.0% 0 0 0
Grant / Harney / Malheur 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
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Industries of Employment for Physical Therapist Assistants
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 582
Total All Industries Private 559
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services Private 26
Administrative and Support Services Private 26
Employment Services Private 26
Health Care and Social Assistance Private 524
Ambulatory Health Care Services Private 347
Offices of Physicians Private 15
Offices of Other Health Practitioners Private 291
Outpatient Care Centers Private 15
Home Health Care Services Private 26
Hospitals Private 139
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals Private 128
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals Private 11
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities Private 38
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) Private 32
Total All Industries Local 22
Educational Services Local 10
Educational Requirements for Physical Therapist Assistants The typical entry level education for this occupation is an Associate's degree.
Skills for Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Analyze Patient Activity
  • Analyze Therapy Response
  • Apply Disabilities Theory
  • Apply Health And Sanitation Standards
  • Apply Human Anatomy And Physiology Knowledge
  • Apply Human Developmental Disease Theory
  • Apply Human Growth And Development Theory
  • Apply Human Kinesiology Theory
  • Apply Massage Therapy Treatments
  • Apply Motivational Techniques In Physical Therapy Setting
  • Apply Neurology Theory
  • Apply Patient Care Procedures
  • Apply Physiotherapy Techniques
  • Apply Traction
  • Fit Medical Supportive Devices
  • Follow Medical Office Procedures
  • Maintain And Compile Medical Records And Charts
  • Observe Patients, Report Patients' Condition And Responses To Treatment
  • Perform Physical Therapy
  • Position Patients For Therapy
  • Practice Preventive Procedures In Medical Therapy Setting
  • Prepare Patients For Therapy
  • Process Medical Records
  • Process Records And Maintain Forms And Files
  • Provide Medical Treatments To Patients
  • Refer Clients And Patients To Community Services
  • Retrieve Files And Charts
  • Structure Therapy Treatments To Patient Need
  • Take Vital Signs
  • Teach Medical Self Care
  • Use Clinical Sterilizing Techniques
  • Use Medical Equipment In Direct Patient Care
  • Use Medical Terminology
  • Use Physical Therapy Equipment And Materials
  • Weigh Patients
Schools and Training Providers for Physical Therapist Assistants The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Lane Community College
4000 E 30th Ave
Eugene, OR 97405-640
Phone: (541) 463-3000
Programs of Training:
Mt Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: (503) 491-6422
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Physical Therapist Assistants These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Lane Community College
Rogue Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Physical Therapist Assistants matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Occupational Therapy Assistants 84%
Physical Therapist Aides 62%
Occupational Therapy Aides 57%
Physical Therapists 44%
Therapists, All Other 42%
Occupational Therapists 40%
Recreational Therapists 37%