If you think physical therapy is amazing, here is more that you do not know. Physical therapy offers so many opportunities and these include travel jobs. Yes, you read it right. Who said that physical therapists must always work in only one location? If you are a licensed physical therapist and you would like to explore more opportunities for your job, here is a tip – try working as a traveling physical therapist. Guaranteed job satisfaction and traveling.
Try to start enjoying the life of a traveling physical therapist by applying in a company who hires this type of PTs. Companies that hire PTs who travel make all the travel arrangements and all you have to worry about is going to your destination. All the expenses will be paid right away by the company but there are some who let you cash out on your necessities while you are away but reimburses the total amount that you have spent during your travel. But before you get excited, you are not hired to travel for pleasure. You may be flying from one place to another but all of it requires you to do your job as a physical therapist. Other benefits that you may enjoy as a traveling physical therapist include housing and health insurance. Some generous companies even pay for continuing education and additional training costs.
Duties of a traveling physical therapist are similar to PTs who work in a permanent location or clinic. However, traveling PTs work in a shorter period of time and it may entail you to stay in a specific area for a few months. After a certain period of time, you will be assigned to another place, maybe a new city or a new community. This all depends on the company who hired you but the idea is that you will be traveling all over the country.
The basic requirements in applying for a traveling physical therapist include the following:
- You must finish a master’s degree in physical therapy.
- You must pass the licensure exam for physical therapists.
- You must have at least 6 months of experience as a physical therapist.
- You must be amenable to flexible work schedules and must be willing to travel in different locations.
Traveling physical therapists must have the following qualities to last in this kind of job:
- You must be willing to adapt to changes. Because you will be traveling a lot, you must be the type of person who does not find it hard to adjust not just to the weather but also to different cultures.
- You must be well trained. As a traveling physical therapist, you have no time to take further training so as soon as you arrive in your assigned destination, it is a must for you to know and perform your duties right away.
- You must be easy to get along with. Traveling PTs normally work with different types of people every now and then so your personality must not be rigid and you should know how to get along with other people.