2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Survey of Job Satisfaction Among Physical Therapists
Casey R. Heath* and Tara L. Holland
Dr. Michael Bird, Faculty Mentor

The aim of this study was to identify what factors contribute most to satisfaction among physical therapists (PTs). An online survey regarding specialization, work environment, patient population and general job satisfaction was completed by 280 licensed PTs from eight states. Participants were predominately females (73%) with Bachelor's degrees (41%), more than 20 years of licensure (31%), and had an average age of 38.41±0.3 years. Data were analyzed based on frequencies, descriptive analyses, and one-way ANOVAs. No statistical significance was found among the factors in this survey, however, intellectual challenge was most influential to specialization satisfaction while good professional relationships with colleagues was most influential to work environment satisfaction. Improvement in patients' conditions was the most influential factor contributing to patient population satisfaction while learning was most influential to general job satisfaction. Factors contributing to job satisfaction are dependent on areas of specialization, work environment and patient population.

Keywords: physical therapy, job satisfaction, satisfaction survey, job satisfaction factors

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 50-3
Location: VH 1010
Time: 3:15

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