Travel Physical Therapy Myth 1 – You only work in the worst locations
One of them is that traveling physical therapy jobs are available for a reason, which means they are in undesirable locations that no one could possibly want to work in. One fourm post I saw on this recently went like this:
“You will get assignment in the least desirable areas, where most PT don’t want to work consistently. There are reasons in places where most PT wouldn’t want to work.” See the whole discussion here.
The fact is most open physical therapy jobs, permanent or contract exist because there is a shortage of physical therapists thanks to an aging baby boomer population and the number of PTs coming out of school just can’t keep up with the demand, not because it is a less exciting location.
Travel Physical Therapy Myth 2 – You will have too high of a workload
Now the workload of the facility may in fact be more, but that is why they need a traveler. As soon as you get there it will go down right? The truth is that often a traveler is just being used during times when a perm staff is out for an extended period of time, like maternity leave or the hospital or skilled nursing facility has just seen a temporary rise in patient levels and know they do not need to hire a permanent PT or PTA to cover the increase since it will be short-lived.
Travel Physical Therapy Myth 3 – You will not get paid well
As far as pay goes the fact is the pay for traveling physical therapists and pay for traveling physical therapists assistant is in most cases more than (with equal or better benefits) to a permanent position.
Travel Physical Therapy Myth 4 – You have to work miles from home
There are open Physical Therapy jobs all over the country and you only take assignments you want to go, traveling physical therapy companies can’t just send you to an assignment and force you to work there. It is entirely up to you where you go. So the chances of finding great contract jobs in your area are very good.
Travel Physical Therapy Myth 5 – You have to sign a year long contract
Most travel therapy companies only require you to sign a contract for the assignment you are on, after the assignment is over you can do whatever you want, sign on for another contract, go back to a perm position, start your own practice, go hike for a year, whatever. It is up to you.
Travel Physical Therapy Myth 6 – You can only work 13 week contracts
The typical assignment length is 13 weeks, but that is more based on tradition and habit than need and many facilities would actually prefer longer contracts for traveling PTs. In fact some can last as long as a year, it just depends on each situation, but 13 weeks is not a hard and fast rule.