Top 30 fastest-growing jobs by 2020
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20. Physical therapists
Projected increase in 2020: 39 percent
Number employed in 2010: 198,600
Median pay in 2010: $76,310
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.