Arizona will have plenty of nursing jobs in the years to come. The growing population, along with a lack of nursing schools and a large number of people leaving the profession, has resulted in a critical nursing shortage in the state. A recent study shows that Arizona must add nearly 50,000 registered nurses over the next nine years to meet health care needs. Hospitals statewide have responded by working hard to retain nurses and offering bonuses and incentives to attract new workers.
Physical therapists work with people of all ages to help improve their mobility, reduce their pain and prevent disability. The major professional organization for physical therapists is the American Physical Therapy Association, and entry-level physical therapist and physical therapist assistant programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent growth for physical therapist jobs and physical therapist assistant jobs. According to the U.S. BLS, the median annual physical therapist salary is $72,790, while the median annual physical therapist assistant salary is $46,140.