Table 2.
Table 2.

Supply of Current PTs, New PT Graduates, and Related Professions, All per 10,000 Peoplea

  • a PT=physical therapist OT=occupational therapist.

  • b In Bangladesh, PTs are not registered. Nonetheless, the World Confederation for Physical Therapy website identifies 350 PTs in the country, and information from the Bangladesh Physiotherapy Association, cited by the local newspaper Dhaka Tribune of June 1, 2014 (, refers for a total of 1,300 PTs ever trained in the country. In any case, the number is lower than 0.1 per 10,000 people.

  • c Portuguese Central Administration from the Health System. Number of registered PTs (ie, 8,192) in December 2014, when choosing “fisioterapeuta” (physical therapist) as a profession at:

  • d Allied Health Professions Council. Number of PTs fully registered in Singapore (ie, 987). Available at: Accessed December 2014.

  • e American Physical Therapy Association. Workforce data. Number of fully licensed PTs in the US: 204,000. Available at: Accessed November 2014.

  • f We assume the same figure as in footnote “b,” that is, a total of 1,300 PTs trained in that period. Nearly all of national training occurred after 1994 after a long absence of PT training in the country.

  • g From 2009: Portuguese General Direction of Statistics from Education and Science. Available at: Accessed December 2014. Data not available for 2014. We assume the same value as in 2013 for the calculation of the aggregated value. Until 2008: Lopes M. Prospective Study of the Work Market for Physical Therapist Until 2030 [master dissertation]. Aviero, Portugal: Universidade de Aveiro. 2010. Available [in Portuguese] at:

  • h Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP). Number of PT graduates from 1995 to 2014. Information provided by the NYP Registrar's Office in May 2015.

  • i APTA Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. 2012–2013 Fact Sheet Physical Therapist Education Programs. PT graduates in the US for the years between 1995 and 2014 (projected for 2014). Available at: Accessed November 2014. For 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2002, data were not available, so we calculated the midpoint between the graduates from the previous and following years.

  • j World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). WFOT Human Resources Project 2014, Edited Version. 2014. Available at: Accessed November 2014.

  • k The World Bank. Physicians (per 1,000 people). Available at: Accessed July 2015.

  • l The World Bank. Nurses and midwives (per 1,000 people). Available at: Accessed July 2015.