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The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates from 2020 through 2030 the demand for physical therapists will increase by 21%, with 49,100 jobs added by that time. The program in Physical Therapy in the John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences prepares graduates at the doctoral level for this expanding job market. Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPT) are the practitioners of choice for evaluating, diagnosing, and treating functional limitations and disabilities related to illness, injury or movement dysfunction. Duquesne DPT graduates are in demand and are hired by hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and public schools. Duquesne University alumni have even started their own private practices.

Starting salaries for physical therapists can vary considerably based on location, type of facility, experience level, and degree. A salary survey by APTA  in March 2022 reported a median income of $73,000 for physical therapists with 0-3 years experience. For May 2020, the BLS reported a median annual wage of $91,010 for experienced physical therapists.  In addition, the decade projects about 15,00 job openings each year, many due in part to retirements and/or changes to occupations.

The Rangos School, with more than 800 students and 60 full-time faculty members, is one of the largest health sciences schools in the country with a national reputation for excellence in clinical instruction, research, and advocacy.