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Physical Therapy in Illinois

PT Practice in Illinois

Physical therapists and assistants who choose to practice in Illinois have a wide variety of practice settings and specialty areas to choose from. These options include inpatient and outpatient hospitals, with over 300 hospitals statewide, specialty rehabilitation hospitals, freestanding outpatient facilities, private practice, home health, nursing facilities, school systems and academic settings.

Illinois is home to seven physical therapy schools and twelve physical therapist assistant schools.

From the Windy City to the gently rolling hills of the south, Illinois has a diverse landscape, with something for everyone. Making Illinois your choice for practice is a smart decision.

Employment Outlook in Illinois

Physical Therapists

According to  the Illinois Department of Employment Security's projections for 2014-2024, Physical Therapist is one of the top 30 fastest growing occupations in the state, ranking 27th in overall growth for all professions. The number of employed physical therapists in Illinois is expected to grow by 20% by 2024, with an average of 220 new jobs created each year.

Based on information obtained from the Illinois Division of Financial and Professional Regulation, in August of 2016, the number of licensed PTs (not necessarily practicing or residing in Illinois) was 12,448.  According to the IDES, Illinois will need at least 13,200 practicing PTs to meet the job demand anticipated in 2024.


Physical Therapist Assistants

The Illinois Department of Employment Security ranks Physical Therapist Assistant careers 20thin projected overall growth for all professions. The number of employed physical therapist assistants in Illinois is expected to grow by 23% by 2024, with an average of 109 new jobs created each year.

Based on information obtained from the Illinois Division of Financial and Professional Regulation, in August of 2016, the number of licensed PTAs (not necessarily practicing or residing in Illinois) was 5,178.

 

Physical Therapist Aides

 

The Illinois Department of Employment Security ranks Physical Therapist Aides careers 25th in projected overall growth for all professions. The number of employed physical therapist aides in Illinois is expected to grow by 21% by 2024, with an average of 98 new jobs created each year.


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updated: 09.08.16


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