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A rehabilitation technician works under the direct supervision of a physical therapist or assistant. Their duties include maintaining the treatment area and preparing therapy sessions. Technicians normally are not licensed and do not have to perform clinical tasks that require a license.

Career Details


Students in Rehabilitation Technician are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Learn to counsel individuals with personal, social, and vocational difficulties
  • Coordinate activities for residents of care and treatment facilities
  • Assess patient needs
  • Design and implement rehabilitation programs
  • Prepare and maintain records and case files
  • Monitor patients’ progress

Career Options

People who graduate from this career pathway often go on to work under a licensed physical therapist assistant (LPTA), a physical therapist (PT), a physical therapy aide, or a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA).


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete all required activity in the Career Preparation Period, including Career Exploration and Career Success/Workplace Skills.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Program graduates can move up in their careers by testing to be a Physical Therapist Assistants or Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.

Rehabilitation Technician Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career

Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Concern for others