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26. Physical therapists
Projected increase in 2018: 30.3 percent
Number employed in 2008: 186,000
Median pay in 2008: $72,790
Education/training: The American Physical Therapy Associations accrediting body accredits entry-level academic programs in physical therapy. A graduate degree and state licensing are required.
Job outlook: Changes to restrictions on reimbursement for physical therapy services by third-party payers will increase patient access to services and, thus, increase demand. The increasing elderly population will drive growth in the demand for physical therapy services.
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