Annually, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) promotes the month of October as National Physical Therapy Month. Pre-planned events are not only to recognize the more than 240,000 Physical Therapists and 140,000 PT Assistants and Aides, but also to raise critical awareness about the many ways that physical therapy can help us all achieve better health and wellness.
Now more than ever it is important to recognize the role that physical therapy can play as a safe and effective alternative to opioids and prescription pain medications for the treatment of chronic pain conditions. APTA’s award-winning #ChoosePT campaign is raising awareness and is supported by CDC recommendations for safer alternatives in pain management.
Today, PTs and PTAs have more career options than ever before. Both occupations are labeled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as two of the fastest growing careers in the United States. Being in such high demand means that PT professionals can choose the career path that best fits their lifestyle.
For example, if you are a PT or PTA and you feel that your current career situation isn’t giving you time to travel and see other parts of the country, now is a great time to explore the many benefits of travel healthcare. Let’s examine a few things to consider in determining if travel is the right career move for you.
- Typically, the pay is higher when on a travel contract. With the demand for travel nurses and therapists at such high levels, one means of enticement is to offer higher pay then what you would make in a permanent hire situation.
- Get paid while seeing the country. For those who have always wanted to travel and see different parts of the country, there is not a better way than by getting paid while doing it. Travel therapy provides you with an opportunity to work in desirable locations and have the time to explore and get the most out of your time there.
- Variety is the spice of life. Travel contracts are usually done in 13-week increments. This means that you not only have time to settle into a location, you are also able to spend a few months immersing yourself into the culture and seeing all that there is to offer.
- Having a choice is empowering. Haven’t you always wanted to have more control over your work environment, your schedule, and even time off at your discretion? As a traveler, you get to choose if the travel location is right for you and if the hours are conducive to your lifestyle. You also have the option of taking time off in between assignments, starting a new assignment in a different location right away, and sometimes you may have an option to extend an assignment. The bottom line is you have the control.
These are just a few of the things that make travel therapy such an attractive option for many. Working in new settings, with different colleagues, can help you take your career to the next level. The key is to find the right healthcare staffing partner. At Supplemental Health Care, we have a team of experienced healthcare recruitment experts with access to a nationwide network of opportunities.
Our recruiters work with you, and for you to find the travel opportunity that best matches your lifestyle and career goals. To find out more, check out our powerful online job search tool to see currently available opportunities, or jump right in and contact a recruitment professional today to learn more about SHC and what we can do for your Physical Therapy career.