Travel Physical Therapist Jobs

Make a Difference as a Travel PT

As a physical therapist, you're on the frontlines of a patient's journey to health. By using clinical skills to help patients improve their movement throughout the rehabilitation process, whether they have a chronic condition, an illness, or an injury, travel physical therapists help patients lead their best physical lives.

What Do Travel Physical Therapists Do?

Physical therapists (PTs) diagnose and treat individuals who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. A physical therapist examines each individual and develops a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, manage pain, restore function, and prevent disability.

In addition, physical therapy professionals work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing wellness-oriented programs for better well being and healthier and more active lifestyles. PTs also educate patients about what to expect from the recovery process and guide them through therapeutic exercises, hands-on therapy, and stretching. Their work is instrumental in not only assisting individuals to recuperate from acute health issues, but also in assisting with the management of long-term health conditions.

Typical Physical Therapy Job Responsibilities:

  • Examine patients utilizing their client history and performing tests to identify potential and already existing issues
  • Diagnose movement dysfunction and help to enhance their physical and functional abilities with treatment plans
  • Improve, maintain, and promote optimal physical functions as well as optimal wellness and fitness and quality of life as it relates to patient movement
  • Prevent the progression of impairments, limitations, and disabilities that come from diseases, injuries, and disorders
  • Provide interventions and interactions to help manage patient/client goals
  • Conduct re-examinations and modify physical therapy interventions if necessary to achieve patient/client goals
  • Develop and implement discharge plans

Choose where you go

With opportunities for travelers all over the country, we’ve selected areas with the most popular medical traveling jobs to help you find your best fit.

Advantages & Perks for Travel Physical Therapy Jobs

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Competitive pay
Traveling physical therapists are needed everywhere. Compensation packages for traveling therapists give you the freedom to live in and explore you environment.
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Per diem
When you become a travel physical therapist, we give you a weekly, tax-free per diem to help cover daily expenses, like transportation and meals.
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Certifications
State licenses and physical therapy certification costs are paid for because we want you to be a qualified rockstar!
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Travel life
Med travelers get to live the best of your travel and work lives, together! Plus, you’ll gain valuable life experience at different locations along the way.

Medical Traveler Compliance & Licensure

Taking a travel physical therapy job can help you achieve the career you’ve always wanted, but what if your dream job is asking for certifications you don’t have? Fusion can help you with that! We can help allied health professionals find therapy training, licensing, and certifications to help you take your career forward, and financial assistance to help you get there.

Degrees and Certifications

Licenses and certifications can leave you scratching your head when you should be stoked about traveling. We want you to know exactly what you’re getting into. Since degrees and certifications depend on your modality and specialty, Fusion’s compliance experts work with your recruiter and the facility to make sure that you have all relevant credentials required for our traveling therapy jobs.

Compliance Requirements

Some of your compliance requirements are the same across the board, but there are others that will depend on your specialty.

The three parts of compliance

  • Occupational health records: Required immunizations and health examinations
  • Documentation: Tax forms, insurance paperwork, and licenses
  • Testing: Certifications, online training, and workplace safety exams

FAQs

How much do travel physical therapy jobs pay?

The average salary for travel physical therapist jobs in the U.S. is $91,298, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS). California pays the highest average salary to physical therapists according to the BLS with an average annual wage of $103,510 and an hourly wage of $49.77, followed by the District of Columbia ($96,070 per year, $46.19 per hour), Hawaii ($90,000 per year, $43.27 per hour), Washington ($97,420 per year, $46.84 per hour), and Alaska ($96,980 per year, $46.63 per hour).

What is the job outlook for travel physical therapy jobs?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that employment of physical therapists will grow by 17% from 2021 to 2031, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. However, geographic location, specialization, and changes in healthcare legislation can influence job availability.

Where do travel PTs work?

Travel physical therapist jobs are available in a variety of settings, including hospital systems, private practices, outpatient clinic, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes.

How long is a typical travel healthcare assignment?

In the United States, typical travel physical therapist positions last 13 weeks, but anything between 8 and 26 weeks is common. Medical facilities often offer to renew your contract, too, which is called an extension. Extension offers are usually made in the last 3 to 5 weeks of your travel assignment, but if you’re interested in staying on longer, you should reach out to your healthcare staffing recruiter.

I'm a new graduate. When can I start my traveling career?

For most therapy allied professionals, you can jump right into the travel life you’ve always wanted as soon as you have your degree in hand. What degree that is will also depend on your therapy career. While physical therapists (PTs) require a doctoral degree, occupational therapists (OTs) and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) need their master’s degrees. After graduation, PT grads and OT grads can start traveling professionally right away, but SLPs must complete a clinical fellowship year and get certified before traveling.

Do travel physical therapist jobs offer benefits?

Fusion travel therapy jobs offer three Medical plans to choose from, one PPO plan and two High Deductible Plans, as well as Dental, Vision, Basic Life, and Short-Term Disability. If traveling to the state of Hawaii, Hawaii has its own mandated coverage and you will be offered that coverage at that time. If you were previously on the BCBS Nebraska Medical coverage and/or the Ameritas Dental and Vision, this coverage will be terminated when moving to Hawaii for an assignment.

Can travel physical therapy professionals travel with family or pets?

Yes! Travel physical therapists can take their family and/or pets on travel assignments with you, but finding housing may become more complicated depending on the location. Most healthcare travel companies provide a one-bedroom apartment (some just a studio or an extended stay hotel), which probably isn’t doable for families.

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