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Travel Physical Therapy Assistant Statistics


Current Openings


States with Jobs


Market Growth

What does this mean for winter travel PTAs? 

Winter 2019 is showing our lowest availability yet. The travel PTA market has historically been very competitive, but this is lower than we have seen all year. In the Summer of this year, there were about 85 jobs nationwide. By Fall, the market had dropped to about 50-55 open positions. Today, we are now down to 7. Yes, 7. Meaning only a lucky few will get to travel this season. 

Flexibility is the name of the PTA travel game. 

Winter Travel PTAs should...

Not travel! You will have a huge risk of cancelations even after you pack, get housing, and move. You will have no job stability. It's better to try as hard as you can to find any PTA job (perm or travel) to keep experience on your resume until the market turns around.

Get experience before you travel - As a travel travel Physical Therapy Assistant, it is recommended that you have at least two years of experience before you travel. If you are a new grad, it is next to impossible to land a travel assignment until you have some experience under your belt. You also risk getting placed in tough (non-new grad appropriate) assignments, contract cancellations, and companies underpaying you and pushing the bill rate down. 

Be nice to your recruiters - Your specialty is not in demand, no matter where you are looking to travel to. Recruiters have to work 20x as hard to get you in a placement. Be patient, flexible, and be a great communicator and show up as a kind and professional partner to them, so they want to go the extra mile for you!

Extend - If you’re already in a travel position you like, see if you can extend!

State Breakdown

Winter 2019-2020

Travel PTA job locations

It’s a cold winter! What was once a little warmer market over the summer and fall is seeing a cool breeze sweep through the Travel Physical Therapy Assistant world. That means fewer jobs and more competition for each job. It is an extra hard specialty for new grads to try to be travelers.

When one might hear travel therapy companies say, “We staff in all 50 states”. 

What this means: The agency is legally set up with the ability to staff in all 50 states. 

What this does not mean: The agency has jobs in all 50 states. 

We surveyed dozens of companies to create this map. It represents a large percentage of the travel PTA job market. Across all of the USA, there are around 20 to 25 open travel PTA jobs at one time and many states have no jobs at all. 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!) New York has also consistently shown up as being a better place for travel PTAs.


Winter 2019-2020

Trends in travel Physical Therapy Assistant jobs

While SNF will most likely always have the market share of jobs, it’s a great idea to gain experience in many different settings.

Nomadicare bases all these estimates on this page from information provided by dozens of our awesome partners. It is here to give you our very best estimate on the job market this quarter! We are cheering for you. Bookmark this page - we update the stats every season!

Total Openings

Winter 2019-2020

Nomadicare certified recruiters say…

“I will never say no to a GREAT, EXPERIENCED and LICENSED PTA!! There are still some really great jobs out there, just not as many and they go fast.”

“Travel PTAs must be open to the entire country, but it’s a lot better if they have a compact license!”

“Picky PTAs aren’t going to make it in travel.”

Market Comparison

Winter 2019-2020

Nomadicare recommends Travel PTAs to...

Not travel this season. But if you really really want to try ... Join a yoga class and get flexible! And maybe meditate while you’re at it, be as patient as possible!

The best chances of landing travel PTAs positions goes to those who:

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