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Travel Physical Therapy Statistics


Current Openings


States with Jobs


Market Growth

What does this mean for winter travel physical therapists?

Winter 2019 brings us a slight decrease in the travel physical therapy market compared to Fall. (Our hottest quarter has definitely been summer!) But don’t let that drop fool you, travel physical therapy is still a hot specialty. It’s not uncommon to see a slight dip in the numbers over the winter. And it will likely start to pick up early next year into spring. Overall, travel physical therapy is still looking strong!

Travel on is the name of the travel physical therapy game.

That is steadily a steamy market - Which puts the opportunity to see the country in your hands!

Enjoy the high but don’t get too overconfident. Winter gets chilly even in the travel physical therapy world. The market goes up and it goes down. This is a great season to enjoy the available opportunities. But don’t burn bridges or relationships by acting as if the industry revolves around you. Be empowered, but be flexible!

Winter Travel PTs should...

Be brave and travel to your bucket list locations - Even though winter is slower than other seasons, there is still opportunity all over the country. Some seasons give us a chance to be brave and leap into dream locations no problem. This season you can still leap, but be prepared to be a little flexible on location or setting!

Compare pay and talk to several recruiters - Travel physical therapy is just about always in demand. Make sure you work with 3 to 4 recruiters so you hear about all the jobs that could benefit you. Each company has unique jobs to tell you about. Ask for pay packages upfront and compare pay so you know you are getting what you are worth.

Be open to SNF jobs - remember that the best jobs go to travel PTs who are most flexible! Sometimes the tastiest lattes and most beautiful sunsets spots are found on assignments you never thought you’d love!

It’s Winter (aka the holidays are here!)- Consider there are more holidays in the last three months of the year than in any other season! If you are okay with working on the major holidays, it certainly helps your profile be selected for an interview. It shows the manager you are willing to help out their staff who want time off for family. If you want time off, make sure that is agreed upon before you sign your contract. And it should be clearly written in your contract as well! Plan accordingly. Make sure you are receiving all your hours each week to get your full per diem.

Show up for your recruiter - The world may still be your oyster for travel, but remember that your recruiter is hustling to get you the best placement possible! Know the difference between an empowered traveler and an entitled traveler. Be a great communicator and show up as a kind and professional partner to them. Recruiters want to go that extra mile for great travel PTs!

State Breakdown

Winter 2019-2020

Best travel physical therapy job locations

It’s cold outside but hot in here! The market temperature is still so so hot for travel physical therapy! That means more jobs and less competition for each job. It is still a hot season to enjoy traveling and have extra leverage in picking top pay packages.

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

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

What it 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 physical therapy job market. Across all of the USA, there are around 269 open travel physical therapy jobs at one time. This season, very few states have no jobs at all. California is holding the trophy for having the most needs right now. That is a state that stays pretty consistent with having jobs (hint: great state to get a license in!). Massachusetts, Illinois, and Texas are also looking great this season.


Winter 2019-2020

Trends in travel physical therapy

SNF will most likely always have the market share of jobs in travel physical therapy. But it’s a great idea to gain experience in many different settings. People ‘in the know’ are whispering about home health. Jobs are speculated to rise in 2020 because of the Medicare payment model shift in October 2019. This is a great season to apply to travel physical therapy home health jobs and gain skills in that setting. And the best part - if you start now you'll get to see everyone's super festive holiday decorations!

How do we get all of this amazing data? Nomadicare bases all the 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! Bookmark this page - we update the stats every season!

Total Openings

Winter 2019-2020

Nomadicare certified recruiters say...

“Keep in mind that Warmer Climates tend to lower their rates in the winter.  If you like to snowboard or ski,  go north for better rates!”

“I believe [new payment model] PDPM played a huge role in this dip [in available jobs]. So I think clients were being safe and eliminating or canceling needs. When their budget renews in January, I expect it to pick up. As long as travelers continue to remain flexible and adjust to the industry. We should be able to take on the market changes together!”

“Limit your time off requests to stand out. Ask for the offer if you get an interview! The market is super competitive come January because everyone doesn’t want to start till after the holidays!”

“Be flexible to locations to get a certain setting. There are still lots of options, so timing could be a factor. There are usually lots of great options at most times for PTs.”

Market Comparison

Winter 2019-2020

Nomadicare recommends Travel PTs to...

Be brave and take that leap to a dream location or setting! This is a hot market for true travel PTs who:

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