Travel Physical Therapy

2019 Job Trends

It’s awesome to start looking at travel physical therapy trends and numbers. The travel physical therapy industry can change quickly. Where the hot jobs are and what settings are in highest demand for travel physical therapist is not the same year to year. As you are deciding where to go next or if you are even ready to take the leap, knowing the market is very important.

In the past, the only way to find out this information was actually calling recruitment companies. Not only is this time consuming, you have to know the right questions to ask and you have to hope the recruiter you got on the phone is telling you the full truth.

But no longer. We are thrilled to have this resource for you so you have a great resource to see what the travel physical therapy job trends look like for you today. This is a compilation of dozens of agencies, big and small, that shared their data with us so we could create something really special for you- travel physical therapists!

 And keep on coming back- We will have brand new travel physical therapy job trends out every quarter!

Travel Physical Therapy

Estimated Number of Job Openings by State

Spring 2019

When you start researching or talking to travel physical therapy companies one thing you will hear is “We staff in all 50 states”.

As you can see below, that is just not true. While they might be able to staff in all 50 states hypothetically, that does not mean there are actually travel physical therapy job openings in all 50 states.

This map is a compilation of a large percentage of the whole entire travel physical therapy job market. Across all of the USA there are around 396 travel physical therapy jobs open at one time. California is holding the trophy for having the most needs right now and that is a state that stays pretty consistent with having jobs (hint: great state to get a license in!)

Travel Physical Therapy - Estimated Job Openings
Travel Physical Therapy - Estimated Job Openings

🔥 What this means for Travel Physical Therapist…

Is it hot in here?! The Travel Physical Therapy job market is HOT right now! If you’re looking to start as a Travel Physical Therapist, now may be the right time. The temperature is rising and positions are available!

Travel Physical Therapy: The Estimated Time it Takes to Get a License

Another great thing to look at when trying to decide where to travel to is how long the license takes to get back.

Travel physical therapy jobs have a quick turn around time and it will be rare for a hiring manager to interview you without a license in the state you are applying for.

But each state license costs money. Takes time. And something I did not think about when I was getting started: every license I owned was a license I needed to keep up with. That means renewals and that means each time I want a new license in a new state I would have to request a letter of good standing to all my old license states!

Big takeaway here is to put a bit of thought into each license. Think about:

  1. Are there actually travel physical therapy jobs in that state?

  2. How much money and time does this license require?

  3. Is this a good one to have that is worth the upkeep?

Travel Physical Therapy Licensure Time

What Nomadicare Recruiters are saying about the Travel Physical Therapy Job market right now…

It depends on location, but for the most part [the travel physical therapy job market] is pretty hot as usual. Washington, for example, has been trending toward cooling off, but California is picking up steam. We are working on a lot of new deals in California, so that trend shouldn’t change anytime soon.

Figure out travel plans that involve having time off for a week or longer in advance. It will help when looking at future positions. If at all possible, plan your vacations in between contracts. And start thinking about Fall. It’s never too early to have a timeline. Also, if there are certain areas that you really want to be, try and target them now. The market is good right now with a lot of desirable locations to be had. Those will start to dry up as summer closes.

It’s warming up. The [the travel physical therapy job market] is decent these days and should get better over the long term. It could be a little choppy short term, but certain settings are increasing.  Home health seems to be doing well.

Travel Physical Therapy Settings

Travel PHysical THerapy - Setting breakdown

59% SNF

24% Hospital

7% Home Health (This setting is expected to grow soon with the medicare changes coming!)

3% Outpatient Clinic

2% Inpatient Rehab

2% Outpatient Rehab

1% or less: Long Term Acute Care, Schools/Peds, Inpatient Acute

tips for travel physical therapist from nomadicare…

Are you packed yet?! The Travel Physical Therapy Job market seems to be on the rise! I mean do you see that line sky rocketing after a little dip in available positions last winter (below)? Our recruiters just can’t get enough travel physical therapists right now and neither can we! New to travel? No problem! We say it’s time to dive right in while the water’s warm! Tons of experience? Even better!

We think some hot areas to consider right now are:

  • West Coast/Western US

  • Texas, Wisconsin or Michigan

  • Some East Coast and Southeastern States.

But remember travel physical therapist: Flexibility is still and always will be key! With travel physical therapy it is always important to remember to be flexible on your location even with so many jobs available. We may be seeing almost 400 travel physical therapy jobs (and that’s a lot!), but they are spread out throughout the country.

The chart below also shows us how greatly available positions can fluctuate within a month or two, too. Overall, get your shorts on because it is looking hot hot hot this quarter! If travel physical therapy is even just crossing your mind, get talking to a recruiter while it’s hot out there!

Our advice to our travel physical therapists: The time is NOW! Talk to a rockstar recruiter, stay flexible and open, and we think there’s a good chance you could land that dream travel job!


Please remember that we at Nomadicare are basing all statistics and estimates on this page on information provided by our recruiters and partners. It is here to give you our very best estimate on the job market this quarter with information we have in hand.

Excited?! So are we. check out these hot TRAVEL PHYSICAL THERAPY jobs below and get matched with the nomadicare recruiter who has this job!