Travel therapy is very good for your resume. In addition to providing you with a wide range of work experience, it also offers the benefit of soft skill development, such as good communication and independence. Still, many therapists and other healthcare workers may shy away from travel work, fearing it will appear on a resume…

Student loans and college debt are hot topics in the United States these days. It used to be (way, way back) that a college education guaranteed a job with enough income to pay off student loans in a timely manner. Deciding whether or not to take out loans to finance a college education was easy….

Yes, and here’s why. Due to healthcare reform requiring more Americans to seek healthcare coverage, as well as our aging population of Baby Boomers, healthcare workers are in higher demand now than ever before — and this includes physical therapists. To become a physical therapist, you’ll need a college education; and for most, that means…

earning power

A physical therapist’s salary may be higher in some states than others, however, in reality, a combination of salary and cost of living (housing, food, transportation, taxes) determines the real value of a therapist’s earnings. Although a physical therapist’s salary may be lower than a colleague’s salary from a different state, they may enjoy a…

Spotlight on Skilled Nursing Facilities

The Skilled Nursing Facility or Sub-Acute Rehab setting can be a rewarding work setting for therapists. Unlike hospitals, which have very short stays, SNF therapists can get to know their patients and feel the pride of hard work and accomplishment when a patient improves enough to return home. Skilled Nursing Facility therapists frequently continue their…

OUTPATIENT therapy

The outpatient setting — often referred to as an outpatient clinic — is the most common work setting for physical, occupational, and speech therapist professionals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 33 percent of physical therapists, 22 percent of occupational therapists, and 17 percent of speech language pathologists work in outpatient settings.  Outpatient Clinics…

first job

Finding your first job as a new Physical or Occupational Therapist may be challenging for the following reasons: Competition: Large numbers of therapists graduate at the same time of year, flooding the job market; in addition therapist new graduates have to compete for a limited number of entry-level positions. Many physical, occupational, and speech therapist…

Decision Making

Using a weighted comparison chart is a time tested way to compare job offers. This tool helps to turn feelings and emotions into a quantifiable number. Even if you don’t agree with the results of the test, simply going through the process of using this chart will clarify what is most important to you in…

What is “travel therapy” and how does it differ from “contract therapy?” A “contractor” is generally a therapist who lives locally to the facility but is compensated hourly and paid through a staffing agency. A “traveler,” like a contractor, is also paid hourly and paid by an agency, but has arrived from out of town…

Career fairs are a great way to make face-to-face introductions with recruiters and potential employers. They offer a social networking experience that you can’t replicate online, by phone or by simply submitting your resume. To maximize your time at your next career fair, you can take steps to make sure you’re prepared. Here’s what you…

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