Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians
SOC: 29-1069.08


Diagnose and treat disorders requiring physiotherapy to provide physical, mental, and occupational rehabilitation.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
347,200 employed

Projected (2024):
398,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Assistant Clinical Professor/Medical Director Subacute Rehabilitation
  • Associate Professor, Physician
  • Attending Physiatrist, Residency Program Director
  • Attending Physician
  • Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Doctor of Medicine/Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation PM&R Specialist
  • Interventional Pain Physician
  • Interventional Physiatrist
  • MD
  • MD Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation PM&R
  • Medical Director
  • Medical Director Acute Rehabilitation Unit Physiatrist
  • Medical Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation PM&R
  • Medical Director, Occupational Health
  • Outpatient Physiatrist and Inpatient Rehabilitation Director
  • Pain Management Physician
  • Pain Medicine Physician
  • Pediatric Physiatrist
  • Physiatrist
  • Physiatrist, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation PM&R Specialist
  • Physiatrist, President of Private Practice
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Doctor/Assistant Professor
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician, Medical Director
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Physical Medicine Physician
  • Physician
  • Physician Specialist
  • Rehabilitation Engineer
  • Rehabilitation Physician
  • Rehabilitation Specialist

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Instruct interns and residents in the diagnosis and treatment of temporary or permanent physically disabling conditions.
  • Conduct physical tests such as functional capacity evaluations to determine injured workers' capabilities to perform the physical demands of their jobs.
  • Assess characteristics of patients' pain such as intensity, location, and duration using standardized clinical measures.
  • Monitor effectiveness of pain management interventions such as medication and spinal injections.
  • Examine patients to assess mobility, strength, communication, or cognition.
  • Document examination results, treatment plans, and patients' outcomes.
  • Diagnose or treat performance-related conditions such as sports injuries or repetitive motion injuries.
  • Develop comprehensive plans for immediate and long-term rehabilitation including therapeutic exercise; speech and occupational therapy; counseling; cognitive retraining; patient, family or caregiver education; or community reintegration.
  • Prescribe physical therapy to relax the muscles and improve strength.
  • Coordinate physical medicine and rehabilitation services with other medical activities.
  • Consult or coordinate with other rehabilitative professionals including physical and occupational therapists, rehabilitation nurses, speech pathologists, neuropsychologists, behavioral psychologists, social workers, or medical technicians.
  • Perform electrodiagnosis including electromyography, nerve conduction studies, or somatosensory evoked potentials of neuromuscular disorders or damage.
  • Prescribe therapy services, such as electrotherapy, ultrasonography, heat or cold therapy, hydrotherapy, debridement, short-wave or microwave diathermy, and infrared or ultraviolet radiation, to enhance rehabilitation.
  • Prescribe orthotic and prosthetic applications and adaptive equipment, such as wheelchairs, bracing, and communication devices, to maximize patient function and self-sufficiency.
  • Provide inpatient or outpatient medical management of neuromuscular disorders, musculoskeletal trauma, acute and chronic pain, deformity or amputation, cardiac or pulmonary disease, or other disabling conditions.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Agility ladders
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Balance trainers
  • Chair cycles
  • Cold therapy equipment
  • Custom orthotics
  • Desktop computers
  • Electromyographs EMG
  • Ellipticals
  • Epidural injection syringes
  • Exercise balls
  • Exercise bands
  • Finger ladders
  • Fluoroscopes
  • Folding pedal exercisers
  • Hand dynamometers
  • Heat therapy equipment
  • Intrathecal pumps
  • Iontophoresis equipment
  • Knee braces
  • Laptop computers
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Multipurpose electrotherapy units
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound equipment
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation NMES equipment
  • Orthopedic splints
  • Plyometric rebounders
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Shoulder pulleys
  • Sphygmomanometers
  • Tablet computers
  • Therapeutic diathermy machines
  • Therapeutic treadmills
  • Therapeutic ultrasound equipment
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
  • Whirlpool baths
  • Allscripts PM
  • athenahealth athenaCollector
  • Automatic Data Processing AdvancedMD EHR
  • Benchmark Systems Benchmark Clinical EHR
  • Biodex Medical Systems Biodex Concussion Manager
  • Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR
  • CareCloud Central
  • Cerner PowerWorks Practice Management
  • eClinicalWorks Practice Management
  • Email software
  • Epic Practice Management software
  • GalacTek ECLIPSE
  • GE Healthcare Centricity Practice Solution
  • Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE
  • HealthFusion MediTouch software
  • IOS Health Systems Medios EHR
  • Kareo Practice Management
  • McKesson Practice Plus
  • Microsoft Word
  • Modernizing Medicine Electronic Medical Assistant (EMA) software
  • NextGen Healthcare NextGen Practice Management
  • Nuesoft Technologies NueMD
  • OmniMD PT./OT EHR
  • simplifyMD software
  • Vitera Healthcare Solutions Vitera Intergy
  • WRSHealth EMR

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    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800