Opportunities in Physical Therapy Travel
By Debra Wood, RN, contributor
The more than 200,000
physical therapists in the United States enjoy an abundance of career
opportunities, with the profession in high demand. Physical therapy
travel assignments offer the chance to explore the country and different
“We see positions throughout the
U.S. from coast to coast, from large towns and cities to smaller
communities,” said Mason Stebbins, a senior recruiting consultant at
Club Staffing, an AMN Healthcare company. “Physical therapy is one of
the hottest job markets for travelers.”
Stebbins said traveling physical therapists (PTs) often want assignments on one of the coasts
or near landmarks in the center of the country. Some are looking for
physical therapy jobs that place them near family members or friends,
while others want to visit new places or grow professionally.
“Everyone has different motivations,” Stebbins said. “We try to match them as
best as possible with the positions that fit their needs.”
Club Staffing works to match qualified candidates with physical therapy
jobs, so both travelers and facilities are pleased. In addition to
placing physical therapists and physical therapy assistants in
short-term assignments, the agency also fills long-term and permanent
positions. The company has earned Gold Seal certification from The Joint
Commission, something important to employers, said Ashley Franco,
senior recruiting manager at Club Staffing.
“Some PTs have been traveling with us for the past seven years,” Franco said. “Our PTs are very professional.”
Positions remain in demand year round. Traveling physical therapists and physical
therapy assistants can work in a variety of practice settings — from
ambulatory care and home health to
hospitals to rehabilitation facilities and schools — and serve patients from children to older adults.
“Physical therapy travel gives them an opportunity to work in different clinical
settings,” Stebbins explained. “They can diversify their experience and
figure out what they like and do not like.”
More experienced PTs may want the flexibility of taking a month off to travel
while still being able to earn money and continue practicing. Stebbins
said recruiters serve as career advisors who can help the PTs achieve
“We do right by our therapists and put our
travelers first,” Stebbins said. “That’s one of our core beliefs. We
will be their advocate.”
Demand for traveling physical
therapists is not expected to let up any time soon, with the population
aging and the need for rehabilitation services growing. The Bureau of
Labor Statistics anticipates employment of physical therapists will grow
by 36 percent from 2012 to 2022.
The American Physical
Therapy Association (APTA) reports PTs earn a median salary of $85,000
annually. Stebbins said traveling physical therapists can make 25
percent to 30 percent more, with full benefits, while traveling with
Club Staffing, including health and dental insurance, reimbursement for
licensure fees and a match to retirement accounts.
of Labor Statistics reports physical therapy assistants (PTAs) earn a
median of $53,360 annually. Opportunities for these allied professionals
also are expected to increase in the years ahead. There are more than
68,000 PTAs licensed in the United States, according to APTA. Employment
of PTAs is highest in Texas, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and
California, according to the bureau. Franco also considers Maryland a
good market for PTAs, but the demand is less than for PTs.
Most Club Staffing contracts last 13 weeks, but some are longer or shorter.
School contracts might last a semester or an entire school year. Club
Staffing covers travel expenses and provides fully furnished free,
private housing, typically in a corporate apartment complex 5 to 10
minutes from the assigned facility.
“The job market is strengthening and improving,” Stebbins said. “We are going to see more
and more physical therapy jobs open up.”
Want to learn more about physical therapist jobs or physical therapy assistant jobs with Club Staffing? Request a call today!