"Physical Therapist" continues to top the lists of the Most Commonly Advertised Job Titles. A few months ago, we provided an in-depth review of the hiring demand for this occupation. Here's an update on supply and demand for the most advertised profession: Physical Therapists.
Hiring demand for Physical Therapists declined from June 2011 to June 2012 with a 26% year-over-year decrease. 2012's highest volume of online job ads was in February with 40,372 ads. In June, there were 30,716 jobs posted online. Although, there's been a decline in demand for Physical Therapists, this occupation still remaines at the top of the demand list, which may be influenced by an aging baby boomer generation with more need of these therapeutic services. Physical Therapists are most commonly recruited by nursing homes, clinics, hospitals and schools.
Online Job Ad Growth Chart – 4 Year Hiring Trend
Most Required Skills for Physical Therapists
- Orthotic Devices
- Work Ethic
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Time Management
- Paraffin Baths
- Treatment Planning
- HMS Software
- Quality Assurance (QA)
- Patient Management
Most Required Certifications for Physical Therapists
- Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
- Continuing Education Unit
- Basic Life Support
- Certified Practical Nurse, Long-term Care (CPNL, LTC)
- Long Term Care (LTC)
Many of the skills that once appeared are no longer appearing on the most demanded skills list. Orthotics, Paraffin Baths, HMS Software, Personal Protective Equipment, and Patient Managment are the only skills that are still among the top 10. Orthotic Devices, Work Ethic, Time Management, Treatment Planning, and Quality Assurance are required skills that are new to the top of the list. These newly added skills indicate that employers are seeking to improve operations and services.
Despite demand declining year-over-year, the Hiring Scale™ shows it is likely to be very difficult to recruit qualified candidates for this position nationally. Our heat maps shows that Hawaii has the best conditions for hiring talent. They have the most candidates and least demand meaning that Recruiters won't compete as heavily, will have a larger pool of talent source from and fill jobs faster at a lower cost. Vermont is the next best location for recruiting Physical Therapists.
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