Areas with Greatest Needs for Therapists

By Christine Whitmarsh, RN, BSN

Every month, a company called Wanted Technologies gathers data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and online job boards in each U.S. state and researches the number of employees in every professional occupation by city. Then, Wanted calculates the difference between the available supply of employees in each profession in each city in proportion to the demand for employees in that profession. The company then ranks all professions and all cities based on national average. Those that exceed the national average are considered your best bet for finding a job.

The Wanted data regarding jobs in physical therapy, physical therapy assistant, occupational therapy and speech language pathology confirm that these are all some of the “most wanted” health care professionals all over the country. As a travel physical therapist, traveling physical therapy assistant, traveling OT or travel speech language pathologist, these opportunities multiply as new assignments continue to be made available. Here are some of the locations with the greatest demand for rehabilitation therapists and support staff. Contact a travel agency recruiter to find out where your skills are needed the most as a travel therapist.

Travel Physical Therapist Jobs: Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA; Tucson, AZ; Charlotte, NC

Traveling Occupational Therapy Jobs: Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater area of FL; Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue area of WA

Travel Speech Therapy Jobs: Tampa, St, Petersburg, Clearwater area of Florida

Physical Therapy Assistant Jobs (among the highest demand of all Wanted careers): Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue area of WA; Dallas Fort Worth and Arlington areas of TX

Occupational Therapy Assistants: Philadelphia, PA; Camden, NJ; Wilmington, DE

The Wanted website also features industry wide job forecasts as well as recession forecasts. For more information visit:

Christine Whitmarsh is a Registered Nurse with a BSN from the University of Rhode Island. She is a freelance health journalist and medical writer and a contributor to Travel Nurse Source and Allied Travel Careers.

Author: Allied Travel Careers

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