Guest Article: How Travel Physical Therapy Jobs Help Prepare PTs for Private Practice

Any job that encompasses travel is perceived to be glamorous, but unless you’ve really been on the move for the better part of your life, you will probably never understand the rigors and hardships that are hidden underneath every breathtaking location you’ve been to. The principle applies to a travelling physical therapist’s job as well – while it may seem desirable and exciting from the periphery, it involves a lot of hard work and a fair amount of instability in your life. But that’s notPhysical Therapist With Patient In Rehabilitation to say that travel physical therapy is all bad; in fact, there is so much that this line of work could teach you. It provides knowledge and information that is not readily available at steady therapy jobs, and because of this, travel physical therapists gain more experience in a relatively short span of time.

If you’re interested in becoming a traveling physical therapist, if you don’t mind travelling to new places for each new assignment, and if you want experience in a wide variety of aspects associated with physical therapy, then travel therapy is the field for you. It’s exciting if you look forward to seeing different places and working with different kinds of patients, it’s exhilarating if you don’t mind uprooting yourself on a regular basis and being unable to settle down in one place, and it’s profitable in the long run if you’re willing to put up with hardships in the short.

In general, travel therapy jobs help physical therapists who hope to set up their own private practice sometime in the future because:

  • They allow you to gain a vast amount of experience in a short period of time.
  • They allow you to work in different settings and gain an insight into how each healthcare environment is managed and administered.
  • They provide you with access to different kinds of patients; so besides gaining experience in all forms of therapy, you’re also able to choose from them and settle on one particular field that interests you the most. In short, choosing a specialization becomes an easier task when you’re a travel physical therapist.
  • They facilitate the process of making enough money to set up your own practice because they pay more than regular therapy jobs.
  • They allow you to decide on the location you want to set up your own practice; you can base your decision using the information you’ve gathered over the years relating to the flow of patients, the kind of payment they’re capable of, the nature of the work environment, the kind of licensing required by the State, and various other factors that you pick up over the course of your travelling assignments.

Setting up your own practice depends on a variety of factors – money, experience, and future prospects. If you’re a travel physical therapist, you’re able to gauge all these factors and make your decision accordingly.

Featured Traveling Physical Therapist Job in Florida

  • mickey and minnie mouse seen during a travel physical therapy jobSkilled Nursing Facility in Florida looking for a PT for a 13 week Temporary Assignment.
  • Big City Life is all around you and not far from the Ocean.
  • Shopping, Sports, Culture and Entertainment in nearby Orlando.
  • All Physical Therapists interested in expanding their career in FL should call a Recruiter today at 866-633-3548.

To learn more about this travel Physical Therapy job click here.

Guest Author: Shannon Wills – Opportunities for Travel Physical Therapists

It’s a great career if you love to travel, see new places and meet new people, but you must be prepared to go where the job takes you when you’re a travel physical therapists. Your job description is the same in that you’re still involved in providing therapy for people who are recovering from an illness or injury, but there’s a small difference. You don’t put down roots in one place; instead, you travel to wherever opportunities beckon from. The US Department of Labor says that the demand for physical therapy jobs is bound to grow by 27 percent until the year 2016, so if you are inclined to pursue this line of work, it’s the best time to do so.

When you choose to become a travel therapist, you probably will be worried about regular work; it’s more like freelancing where you move from one assignment to the other. If you sign up with an agency that connects therapists and patients, you don’t have to think too much about what your next assignment will be. The agency takes care of your housing needs and your travel expenses, and also lines up your next job when this one is drawing to a close.

Choose your agency with care based on its reputation and references from other therapists who have signed up with them. If the company has a dubious reputation, you’re likely to be cheated out of your money or find yourself stuck in a strange place with no job or money. Talk to other therapists who find work through the agency and make your decision accordingly.travel physical therapist and friend enjoying the mountain air

Travel therapy jobs are great because they can pay 10 to 15 percent more than regular therapy jobs, so if you love to travel and see different places, you’re actually getting paid more for free holidays. Besides, you also get a referral bonus when people you refer sign on with the agency too. However, you must ensure that you read and understand the agency’s terms and conditions correctly before you sign on and before you recommend it to others.

One of the downsides of travel therapy is that you don’t find time to put down roots or form solid relationships with people you want to know better. But on the other side of the coin, your network of associates and friends is wide and your resume looks great because of all the experience you gain when you work in different kinds of settings and with different people.

As a travel physical therapist, you will find work in hospitals and other healthcare settings like nursing homes and private clinics, or be asked to work on a personal level with patients who need homecare. Either way, your assignment will match your skills and qualifications, so if you keep updating your abilities, your subsequent assignments will appreciate your efforts in monetary terms.

It’s an exciting job, but be prepared to spend much of your time traveling from place to place and living out of a suitcase because a typical assignment could take from 13 to 26 weeks. Most travel physical therapists are provided with medical benefits, 401(k)s, and other incentives.

By-line: This article is written by Shannon Wills, who writes on the topic of Physical Therapist Assistant Schools. She welcomes your comments at her email id : shannonwills23@gmail.com .

Featured Travel Physical Therapist Job in Kentucky

  • Kentucky Facility looking for a PT for a travel contract.travel physical therapy job
  • Not far from Hopkinsville, KY this Western KY location is near Golden Pond.
  • Great Location and a Great Recruiter are yours – Physical Therapists can learn more details, call a Recruiter at 866-633-3548.

To learn more about this travel occupational therapist job click here.

Featured Travel Physical Therapist Job in North Carolina

  • Travel PT’s (Physical Therapists) are needed for a 13 week assignment to start ASAP in a Hospital Setting located in Eden, North Carolina.
  • This is one of the most popular states to travel in with lots of things to do and beautiful scenery.
  • This position won’t be open long.
  • Great Benefits and Pay!
  • Please call Medical Solutions at (866) 633-3548 to speak with a Career Consultant regarding this travel assignment!

To learn more about this travel occupational therapist job click here.

Your Travel Therapy Career Guide: Step-by-Step

Have you ever wondered how you even get started down taking a travel therapy job? Or how to choose a Recruiter? Or how Per Diem works? 

If so, then be sure to read an extensive series of posts we will soon be starting called “Your Travel Therapy Career Guide: Step-by-Step” that will take you through a detailed outline of the process of starting a travel rehab career. It will be a broad overview that applies to all the therapists that make up the Rehab and Therapy Jobs.com readers (PT, PTA, OT, COTA and SLP), but detailed enough to answer all your questions about the process.

The goal is to take some of the hesitation away from those of you have questions about how this career path works. So be sure to give your feedback as we go.