2019 Job Trends
(If you’re here for a HOT Travel PTA job, scroll down to the bottom!)
The Travel PTA industry can change quickly. Where the hot jobs are and what settings are in highest demand for travel PTAs 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 travel PTA job trends are 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 also 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 one-of-a-kind resource for you so you have a great resource to see what the travel PTA 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- our Travel PTAs!
And keep on coming back- We will have brand new Travel PTA job trends come out every quarter!
PTA Travel Job Openings by State Summer 2019
When you start researching or talking to travel PTA 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 assistant job openings in all 50 states.
This map represents a large percentage of the PTA job market. Across all of the USA there are around 84 travel PTA 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!)
What this means for Travel PTAs this Summer…🌡️
It’s pretty warm this summer! We heard from recruiters the market may pick up a bit, and it seems to have delivered! It’s a small market for travel in general though and favors the flexible, the ones with patience, the true travelers and the prepared professionals.
Travel PTA Jobs this Summer: What Nomadicare Recruiters are Saying…
Always love a good PTA with lots of experience in SNF and/or Home Health. I can always place an experienced and open PTA!
Location or state choice is important for PTA travel right now. I expect for it to improve with the changes that are occurring near the end of the year with billing! I definitely recommend having at least 2-3 licensures, as markets fluctuate in demand. Being more open on setting is important too! Targeting hotter markets is important, too.
It’s warming up! More and more options are there for PTAs right now! Trends will stay the same potentially - the PTA market is always up and down.
The Market is better than it has been, but I still would not say it is “hot.” It could get better with the Medicaid changes coming. Have fun, but stay open minded and flexible.
What we heard in Spring 2019…
I wouldn’t really say it’s trending one way or the other, but this [spring into summer] is always a good time of year for travel PTAs, especially in California or the East Coast. The market will taper off toward the end of the summer as it usually does.
It still can be tough as a [travel] PTA and being open to many states helps! I expect it to cool down with all the new grads coming into the market in the next three months.
The market’s the same as it has been. Travelers cannot be location specific. I don’t see this changing anytime soon, but it’s not bad on the West Coast!
Travel PTA - Setting Breakdown
4% Home Health
4% Inpatient Rehab
2% Long-term Acute Care
1% Outpatient Rehab
1% Outpatient Clinic
Our take at Nomadicare…
The temperature seems to be rising in here! PTA travel opportunities seem to be on a slow upswing, although this may seem misleading because in the travel market as a whole, travel PTA positions only make up a small portion of the travel therapy jobs (think 70 jobs across the country for PTAs but an PT or SLP could see 250-600 openings across the country). Don’t be discouraged though, this is not a bad thing. Some states are hotter than others and have a consistent need for travel PTAs.
The travel PTA market is really for those who are flexible on location and setting alike (and let’s face it, prefer or are experienced and good with the SNF setting). PTAs are also required to have two years of experience before starting a travel position.
States travel PTAs might consider would be:
Many other states have at least one job, so it is worth it to be flexible!
Our advice to our travel PTAs: Summer is a great time to travel! If you’re flexible and have at least 2 years of experience, we definitely recommend talking with a recruiter who can really help you navigate the market and help find a good placement for you. Some Nomadicare recruiters really, really love our PTAs especially because the market has unique opportunities for the traveling spirits out there. Stay flexible, get a recruiter on your team and it could happen for you!