Demand is consistently high and always growing for various types of physical therapists, and that means there are many high-paying travel physical therapy jobs in exciting locations nationwide! In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, PT employment is projected to grow 21% between 2020 to 2030, which is much faster than the average for most occupations. If you’re a physical therapist or plan to be one soon, read on to learn more and explore nationwide physical therapy job opportunities for travel healthcare professionals.
Physical therapists diagnose, create a care plan for, assist, and treat patients who are injured, ill, or recovering from illness and/or injury to improve movement, mobility, and function. They create a treatment plan that often involves exercises, stretching, and use of equipment. PTs also play a big role in helping patients manage pain and work to lessen the need for surgery and/or prescription drugs as much as possible.
A career as a travel physical therapist is an excellent way for you to avoid burnout. It allows you to experience ever-changing locations and facilities, and this can help keep you fresh and motivated to help your patients at the highest level possible. Traveling as a physical therapist is also a great way for you to sharpen your skills, continue to gain experience in your field, and build an excellent resume.
When you travel with Medical Solutions, you’ll earn great compensation, have plenty of travel PT jobs to take your pick from, and enjoy important benefits. Our traveler benefits include day-one medical, dental, and vision insurance; 401(k) with company match; license and certification reimbursements; unlimited $600 loyalty and referral bonuses; safe, pet-friendly housing; and a free employee assistance program. Plus, your own dedicated recruiter who’s always looking out for you and working to help you build your dream career.
To be successful working in physical therapy you must be hard-working, compassionate, flexible, and a problem-solver who is good at carefully assessing patients over time. You should also be open to working various hours and in various settings. PTs are often in it for the long-haul with their patients, so you must be patient, methodical, and tenacious.
Who Works in Physical Therapy?
Healthcare professionals working in physical therapy can be specialized in a variety of areas and can have specialized titles including physical therapists, occupational therapists, cardiopulmonary physical therapists, neurological physical therapists, vestibular rehab therapists, pediatric physical therapists, athletic physical therapists, orthopedic physical therapists, and geriatric physical therapists.
Physical therapists collaborate with a variety of additional healthcare providers, teaming up to provide comprehensive patient care. People who work in collaborative roles with PTs can include primary doctors and RNs, PT assistants, social workers, surgeons, home health aides, athletic trainers, rehab counselors, nutritionists, and others.
Physical therapists can work in environments including various hospital units, long-term acute care facilities, long-term care facilities, home health, private practice, clinics, schools, nursing homes, and more.
Who is Treated in Physical Therapy?
A wide range of patients and health concerns are treated by physical therapy professionals, but their common denominator is that their patients have experienced a loss of function, movement, and/or range of motion, usually due to injury, surgery, or disease. Physical therapy patients can be any age or demographic.
Quick Physical Therapy Facts
- Commonly required physical therapy education: Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (DPT), plus most DPT programs require a prior bachelor’s degree for admission. Some programs offer a 3+3 format, with three years of pre-PT/undergrad followed by their three-year professional DPT portion. PTs must then pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and state licensure exam to be licensed to practice.
- Commonly required travel physical therapy certifications: Basic Life Support (BLS), National Provider Identifier (NPI)
- Commonly required experience to become a travel physical therapist: Facilities typically require a minimum of one to two years of recent experience in order to hire you for a travel assignment. You’ll want the benefit of experience since travel physical therapists have to hit the ground running!
- Average annual physical therapist salary according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: $92,920
- Locations where physical therapists are in high demand: Demand for physical therapists is growing nationwide! California, North Carolina, Nevada, Alaska, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Texas particularly project high demand and typically reflect this with higher average PT salaries.