Physical Therapist Employment Options

Physical, Occupational, and Speech Language Pathologists and their Assistants, have a great deal of variety in employment settings, as well as employer types to choose from. Sometimes the multitude of choices becomes overwhelming. You may have entered the workforce in one type of employment, and not even be aware of the other options that are available.

The following lists will help you sort thru the benefits and differences between various therapist employment options.

Does this sound like you?

I want to be a travel therapist.

  • I love to travel and explore new places!
  • I’m independent.
  • I enjoy meeting new people.
  • I’d rather not be tied down to a long-term commitment right now.
  • I like adapting to new situations.
  • I want to gain experience in a variety of settings.
  • I want to maximize my earning potential (Pay off those student loans!)

I want a temp to perm placement.

  • I’ve been a traveler, and I’m ready to transition into a permanent employee.
  • I want to get to know my next employer before I make a long-term commitment.
  • I’m not sure where I’m going to live, and I’d like some time to look around before I commit to working in a specific location.
  • I’d like to tryout a new type of therapy (for example, home health, or pediatrics) before making a long-term commitment.

I want to work in a contract placement, but live in my permanent home.

  • I enjoy adapting to new work environments.
  • I am willing to commute up to 50 miles from my home.
  • I am willing to work in a variety of settings.
  • I’m tired of crazy office politics! I just want to go in to work, do my job, and go home.
  • I would like the ability to take extended time off between placements. (This works especially well for therapists who want a semi-retirement.)
  • I want to live at home, but earn a travel wage.

I want to work in a permanent placement.

  • I’m looking for a job in a specialty area, where positions are hard to find.
  • I’d like to put down roots and stay in one place for a while.
  • I’m looking for a job that may grow in to a management opportunity.

I want to own my own practice.

  • I dream about how I would do things differently, if I owned my own place.
  • I can provide a service that is lacking in my neighborhood.
  • I’m a natural leader.
  • I’m interested in book keeping, sales, and marketing type activities.
  • I’m willing to take the risks that might be necessary to be successful.
  • I have time and money to invest in a new venture.

PT Solutions specializes in helping therapists make the transitions necessary to try new employment options. Connect with one of our employment specialists today to gather more information on any these options.

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