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Physical Therapist Assistants
(SOC Code : 31-2021)
in Ventura County

Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.

Employers are usually looking for candidates with a Associate degree .

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Ventura County is the same as Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura MSA.


Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura MSA20141st Qtr$26.95$21.42$27.45$32.65

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
Ventura County 2010 - 20201001404040.06

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Possible Licenses Required and Issuing Authority[Top]
License Title
License Authority
Physical Therapist AssistantDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Physical Therapy Board of California
Applications and Licensing Services Unit
www.ptbc.ca.gov

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in Ventura County
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 95343.3%
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3027.5%
Nursing Care Facilities 737.4%
Employment Services 1815.7%
Home Health Care Services 1534.8%
Offices of Physicians 1,1634.5%
Other Hospitals 41.6%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant.

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Instruct, motivate, safeguard, and assist patients as they practice exercises or functional activities.
Observe patients during treatments to compile and evaluate data on their responses and progress and provide results to physical therapist in person or through progress notes.
Confer with physical therapy staff or others to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, or coordinating treatment.
Administer active or passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, aquatic physical therapy, or heat, light, sound, or electrical modality treatments, such as ultrasound.
Measure patients` range-of-joint motion, body parts, or vital signs to determine effects of treatments or for patient evaluations.
Communicate with or instruct caregivers or family members on patient therapeutic activities or treatment plans.
Transport patients to and from treatment areas, lifting and transferring them according to positioning requirements.
Secure patients into or onto therapy equipment.
Train patients in the use of orthopedic braces, prostheses, or supportive devices.
Assist patients to dress, undress, or put on and remove supportive devices, such as braces, splints, or slings.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others` actions.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

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Alternate Titles
Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants (LPTA); Physical Therapy Technicians; Physiotherapy Assistants; Rehabilitation Assistants
 
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