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Just because Hawaii was the last state admitted into the union doesn't mean this island paradise doesn't have plenty of career opportunities, especially for physical therapists. Hawaii is made up of eight inhabited islands and each offers plenty of career options for those involved in the field of physical therapy. Keep reading to learn more about typical jobs in the physical therapy field on the islands of Hawaii.

The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics divides the field of physical therapy into three careers: physical therapist, physical therapist aide and physical therapist assistant. Hawaiian residents and those who have recently moved to Hawaii who are interested in the field can choose their preferred career within the field and complete the state requirements for the type of physical therapist they would like to be.

PTs working in Hawaii may work in a variety of different settings ranging from helping patients in a: medical facility such as, a hospital or a clinic a sports medicine facility OR they can also work in a more personalized setting such as, the patient's home OR as an educator in a college, school or university.

Physical Therapist Careers in HI

Physical therapists in Hawaii practice in a wide range of outpatient, inpatient and community-based settings. Job opportunities for Hawaii PTs can include:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Outpatient offices
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Extended care facilities
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Academic centers
  • Home healthcare
  • Schools
  • Hospice
  • Corporate health centers
  • Fitness centers
  • Sports training facilities
  • Athletic facilities

Facts about Becoming a Physical Therapist in HI

Individuals who live in Hawaii and practice physical therapy typically, work a traditional 40-hour work week with occasional evening and weekend hours. However, according to the BLS, less than 30 percent of people who work in the field of physical therapy work part time. Careers for physical therapists in Hawaii vary by educational requirements and pay scale.

Requirements to Become a Physical Therapist in HI

A physical therapist in Hawaii must earn a Master's degree or higher from an accredited PT program, as well as, attaining a Hawaii state license to practice within the state. In the state of Hawaii, those hoping to become a physical therapist must pass the NPTE (National Physical Therapy Examination) with a score of at least 600. Residents of Hawaii have an opportunity to take the exam a maximum of three times within a 12 month period. PT licenses in Hawaii must be renewed by December 31st on even-numbered years.

Physical therapists in Hawaii work with patients to preserve and improve the patient's strength and mobility. Common problems suffered by the patients of physical therapists include multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, arthritis or an injury that occurred while at work or playing sports. A physical therapist assesses the patient's function-level and works to design a plan that will meet the patient's individual needs. Throughout the course of a PTs work, they may consult with social workers, speech-language pathologists and physicians.

Hawaii offers numerous opportunities to individuals who are interested in the field of physical therapy.