What to expect as a new grad moving into a travel physical therapy career

s a physical therapist new grad or one approaching graduation in the coming year you may find your friends and family starting to ask a lot of questions. Questions like:

  • Where you are going to work?
  • How much are you going to make?
  • What do you want to focus on?
  • How are you going to pay off your school loans?

If you are facing similar questions, I came across a great article from a physical therapist after his first year as a travel PT that you may find helpful. He had similar questions before he started down his career path, so if you are considering a career in travel physical therapy yourself it is definitely worth reading. You can find it here.

Here are some of the highlights:

Before you start you will need to:

  • Be prepared to be met with skepticism from professors concerning the experience and environment they think are needed for new grads
  • Keep an open mind to their warnings, but also to the possibilities of a travel career
  • You will realize the benefits of a traveling physical therapy are great for new grads
  • Be prepared with questions be afraid to ask them of the travel physical therapy companies, it is your career we’re talking about

After you start you will:

  • Learn that a travel PT career allows for great control over your post education education (the stuff you learn that they don’t teach you in school)
  • Realize that the risks everyone warned you about probably won’t happen
  • Have the ability to control your environment much better than a single job lets you
  • Be exposed to different management and clinical operation strategies making you a more well rounded therapist
  • Find that a travel physical therapy job offers great compensation thanks to high starting salary, real hourly pay and tax-free housing and living allowances, which means you can pay down your student loans faster
  • Get great benefits including health and dental insurance, as well as access to a company 401k plans
  • Enjoy the chance to take 1-2 week breaks between assignments made even more possible by high pay

So give the article a read and remember there are tons of opportunities out there to begin your physical therapy career.

Author: Jeff

My name is Jeff Long. I’m the Marketing Manager at Medical Solutions. I am not a physical therapist (I have been a physical therapy patient plenty though) and am not a recruiter. I have worked at Medical Solutions for four years and think it is a great travel physical therapy company that has a lot to offer physical therapists and PTAs interested in a travel career. I do post travel physical therapy jobs from Medical Solutions on this site, and write about travel physical therapy, but you will not be recruited on this blog (unless you specifically inquire about traveling with Medical Solutions then I will forward your info to a Career Consultant). I understand that you are reading and/or commenting on this blog purely for informational purposes and I want you to enjoy that experience My job is to help you meet your career goals by sharing information, advice and the benefits of a travel therapy career with you.

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