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Metropolitan Community College Physical Therapy Assistant Program

Physical Therapist Assistant Job Outlook

Program Coordinator: Randy Leighton, PT 816.604.4808
MCC Campus(es): MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute
Application deadline: June 10th for the traditional program, October 1st for the web-based program

Job preparation:
Student Employment Services
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This occupation is projected to have long-term growth, or is being transformed by technology and innovation. More information can be found at Career One Stop.

Base salary and job outlook

  • Median wages (national): $22.18 hourly, $46,140 annual
  • Median wages (Missouri): $21.50 hourly; $44,700 annually
  • Projected job growth (national - 2006-2016): much higher than average (21% increase), 27,000 additional employees
  • Recent graduates (2008): made between $17 and $24/hour to start.

Personal characteristics

  • Concern for others: Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Cooperation: Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Integrity: Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Attention to detail: Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability: Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Self control: Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Adaptability flexibility: Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Social orientation: Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Initiative: Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Stress tolerance: Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

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