Service Member performing Physical Therapy

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Physical Therapists

Health Science

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Work Environment

Physical therapists work in hospitals clinics rehabilitation centers and other medical facilities.

  • Military Status


  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $31,064 - $198,543


Physical therapists examine patients and develop a plan, using treatment techniques, to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. They provide therapeutic exercises and manual therapy techniques, such as joint and soft tissue mobilization, or treatments, such as ultrasound, taping, or electrical stimulation. Additionally, they teach patients how to prevent or manage their conditions so they will achieve long-term health benefits.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for physical therapists primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Physical therapists often have the opportunity to teach research and learn at various health education programs. Like other officers working in healthcare they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities orientation to military structure healthcare and etiquette traditions and leadership development.

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Desire to help others
  • Interest in developing detailed plans and treatments
  • Patience to work with people whose injuries heal slowly

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