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Physical Therapists - 29-1123.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Acute Care PT (Acute Care Physical Therapist)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Home Care Physical Therapist (Home Care PT)
  • Inpatient Physical Therapist (Inpatient PT)
  • Outpatient Physical Therapist (Outpatient PT)
  • Pediatric Physical Therapist (Pediatric PT)
  • Registered Physical Therapist (RPT)
  • Therapist

SOC Occupation Groups

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  • Administer manual exercises, massage, or traction to help relieve pain, increase patient strength, or decrease or prevent deformity or crippling.
  • Administer treatment involving application of physical agents, using equipment, moist packs, ultraviolet or infrared lamps, or ultrasound machines.
  • Conduct or support research and apply research findings to practice.
  • Confer with the patient, medical practitioners, or appropriate others to plan, implement, or assess the intervention program.
  • Construct, maintain, or repair medical supportive devices.
  • Direct group rehabilitation activities.
  • Direct, supervise, assess, and communicate with supportive personnel.
  • Discharge patient from physical therapy when goals or projected outcomes have been attained and provide for appropriate follow-up care or referrals.
  • Evaluate effects of treatment at various stages and adjust treatments to achieve maximum benefit.
  • Evaluate, fit, or adjust prosthetic or orthotic devices or recommend modification to orthotist.
  • Identify and document goals, anticipated progress, and plans for reevaluation.
  • Inform patients and refer to appropriate practitioners when diagnosis reveals findings outside physical therapy.
  • Instruct patient and family in treatment procedures to be continued at home.
  • Obtain patients' informed consent to proposed interventions.
  • Participate in community or community agency activities or help to formulate public policy.
  • Perform and document an initial exam, evaluating data to identify problems and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention.
  • Plan, prepare, or carry out individually designed programs of physical treatment to maintain, improve, or restore physical functioning, alleviate pain, or prevent physical dysfunction in patients.
  • Provide educational information about physical therapy or physical therapists, injury prevention, ergonomics, or ways to promote health.
  • Provide information to the patient about the proposed intervention, its material risks and expected benefits, and any reasonable alternatives.
  • Record prognosis, treatment, response, and progress in patient's chart or enter information into computer.
  • Refer clients to community resources or services.
  • Review physician's referral and patient's medical records to help determine diagnosis and physical therapy treatment required.
  • Teach physical therapy students or those in other health professions.
  • Test and measure patient's strength, motor development and function, sensory perception, functional capacity, or respiratory or circulatory efficiency and record data.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust prostheses or other assistive devices.
  • Advise medical personnel regarding healthcare issues.
  • Advise others on matters of public policy.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Communicate detailed medical information to patients or family members.
  • Communicate health and wellness information to the public.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
  • Design public or employee health programs.
  • Develop medical treatment plans.
  • Direct healthcare delivery programs.
  • Enter patient or treatment data into computers.
  • Establish treatment goals.
  • Evaluate patient outcomes to determine effectiveness of treatments.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
  • Fabricate medical devices.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
  • Process healthcare paperwork.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
  • Supervise medical support personnel.
  • Test patient heart or lung functioning.
  • Train medical providers.
  • Train patients, family members, or caregivers in techniques for managing disabilities or illnesses.
  • Treat patients using physical therapy techniques.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Dietitian (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Force Fitness Instructor Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Medical Specialist Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Occupational Therapist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Occupational Therapist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Occupational Therapy (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Occupational Therapy Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Physiatrist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Medicine (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Apprentice, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Craftsman, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Helper, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Journeyman, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Physician (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Medicine Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Therapist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapist (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Physical Therapist (Space Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapist, Special Warfare (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapist, Special Warfare (Space Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapy (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapy Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Physical Therapy Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Physician Assistant (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Specialist Allied Operations (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Therapy (Coast Guard - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Physical Therapist