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Guest Author: Jessica Bosari for Allied Health World – Young PTs Choose Travel

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Mature Man Working With a Physical TherapistMedical students have many career paths open to them. Many young people are not prepared for the lengthy and arduous training required to be physicians, but medical careers like physical therapy make a lot of sense. Students can earn their degrees and begin work once they receive their masters’ degrees.

More Freedom, More Pay, More of the World

Traveling physical therapists enjoy higher pay, plus the ability to travel and see the country. Some travel with friends, staying on assignment for 13 weeks, and then picking up another assignment in another location. Many couples meet while in Physical therapy training, get married, and then take traveling assignments until they feel ready to have children. This lets them see the country, broaden their horizons, an meet new people, all while earning an excellent income that pays off their medical schooling costs sooner.

A Smart Foundation for the Future

By traveling in their younger years, physical therapists set themselves up for a stable, steady future. The extra money helps them pay off debt and save for a home. When they find a place to settle down, they can still work travel physical therapy assignments, limited to a smaller geographical area. Some may even seek per diem work, giving them more control over how far they need to travel for work.

PTA or PT, Both are Excellent Opportunities

The top pay for physical therapists just out of school who decide not to travel is around $45 per hour. However, those who are willing to travel to places like Hawaii, Florida, Arizona and other states can make $60 to $80 per hour. Those who decide to pursue physical therapy careers without a Master’s degree can work as physical therapy assistance and make as much as $35 per hour plus food and housing expenses. Although traveling is not for everyone, those willing to do so will enjoy many benefits.



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About the Author

Jessica Bosari writes for Allied Health World, the premier resource for health care career information. The site provides information from the experts in each respective medical field. By letting students learn the ins and outs of each job type, the site helps students find the right medical career quickly and easily. Students can find out about the job information that matters to them most, such as medical billing and coding salary, paramedic training, and of course, traveling physical therapy jobs.

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  1. Liv says:

    It is something to consider when taking a pt or ot job. Traveling does add another element and if you’re someone who can move around, it is a great way to be in a new environment frequently. And there seems to be an increase in travel physical therapist jobs.

  2. With so many needs for physical therapists, expect the physical therapy salary to remain very competitive compared to other healthcare professionals’ salaries, with a strong likelihood for the physical therapy salary to increase as the need for physical therapists grow. The PTA does have to work under a PT, but given the increased demand due to the increase in patients, PTAs are needed more and more and thus are extremely valuable to the PT. More pressure is being put on the PT to delegate the actual therapy to the PTA. The increased cost of the DPT will put pressure on increasing salary for the PT thus the way to cut more costs will be to delegate to the PTAs.

  3. Gladwell says:

    Searching for information i got your site and my eyes cut this saying of yours”The top pay for physical therapists just out of school who decide not to travel is around $45 per hour. However, those who are willing to travel to places like Hawaii, Florida, Arizona and other states can make $60 to $80 per hour” and realy it is very informative and this is what my wife has being looking for
    thanks,
    Gladwell,

  4. It is so true that most PTs choose to Travel because there is More Freedom, More Pay, More of the World. True.

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