Being a travel therapist is an exciting career. Not only are you helping to cure the pain of others, but you are also able to travel the country. Due to demand, there is no better time to enter a career as a travel therapist. The following article outlines 10 physical therapy statistics every travel therapist should know. From demand, to salary, to states with the most opportunity. It is a good idea for travel PTs to keep an eye on what is happening with the physical therapy industry.

  1. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for physical therapists is projected to grow by 28% from 2016 – 2026. That is much faster than the average growth rate of all occupations.
  2. The average wage for a physical therapist is $87,200. One of the benefits of travel therapy is that you can make up to 6 figures when you take a travel therapy assignment.
  3. The average salary for a physical therapist in California is $94,000 per year. That is the highest salary per state for a physical therapist.
  4. In terms of cities with the highest salary for physical therapists, that honor belongs to Las Vegas.
  5. California, New York, Texas, and Florida are the states with the most physical therapy jobs. Check out our list of top 15 states for travel therapists in 2018.
  6. There are approximately 200,000 physical therapists employed in the U.S. with an additional 60,000 projected to be added to the workforce in coming years.
  7. Forbes has ranked physical therapy as one of the best jobs in the country. That bodes well for every travel therapist.
  8. In a recent report, CNBC projects physical therapists & physical therapist assistants will both rank in the top 10 jobs with the highest growth rates around the country.
  9. 26,560. That is the number of shortage demand Workforce Data projects will hit the physical therapy industry in 2025. That is a large amount of demand needed for every travel therapist should know.
  10. US News & Money ranks Physical Therapist & Physical Therapist Assistant in their top 10 for best healthcare jobs.

The future looks bright for physical therapists. Thanks in part to an aging population, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 25 percent growth in this field through 2026. Older patients might require rehab after heart attacks, strokes and other illnesses often associated with advanced age. PTs are also increasingly involved with those who have chronic conditions, including diabetes and obesity. Hopefully after reading these 10 physical therapy statistics every travel therapist should know you are more excited about a career as a travel therapist.

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