Best and Worst Places for Practicing Physical Therapy


best and worst places for travel therapy jobs

Physical therapists can work in many settings; from hospitals to home practice. However, some places in the United States are better than others for this particular career. The following is your easy guide to the best and worst (based on number of annual job openings and average salary) places for physical therapists to find employment. If you’re a physical therapist thinking about getting licensed to practice elsewhere in the country, its crucial you choose the best destination for you. Consider how the job market is in that state and you can weigh the best options for your needs.

The following states are the hardest for finding physical therapy jobs according to information collected by CareerOneStop.org. This may be for whatever reason such as small populations or size of state. But, despite openings for full-time PT jobs scarce in these states, you can still find temporary positions in these states with Allied Travel Careers!

10 Worst States for Finding PT Jobs

1. D.C.- Only 10 annual job openings on average

2. Wyoming- Only 10 annual job openings on average

3. Delaware- Only 20 annual job openings on average

4. North Dakota- Only 20 annual job openings on average

5. South Dakota- Only 20 annual job openings on average

6. Vermont- Only 20 annual job openings on average

7. Hawaii- Only 30 annual job openings on average

8. Montana- Only 30 annual job openings on average

9. Rhode Island- Only 30 annual job openings on average

10. Idaho- Only 40 annual job openings on average

10 Best States for Finding PT Jobs

1. California- 620 annual job openings on average

2. Texas- 530 annual job openings on average

3. Florida- 500 annual job openings on average

4. New York- 420 annual job openings on average

5. Illinois- 360 annual job openings on average

6. Pennsylvania- 350 annual job openings on average

7. Ohio- 250 annual job openings on average

8. Massachusetts- 230 annual job openings on average

9. Maryland- 210 annual annual job openings on average

10. Michigan- 210 annual job openings on average

 Worst Places for PT Pay

1. Hawaii: $26.66/hr

2. Montana: $27.32/hr

3. Vermont: $28.20/hr

4. North Dakota: $28.36/hr

5. New Mexico: $28.28/hr

6. Maine : $28.43/hr

7. South Dakota: $29.11/hr

8. Colorado: $29.25/hr

9. Missouri: $29.82/hr

10. Wyoming: $30.21/hr

Best Places for PT Pay

1. California: $37.00/hr

2. New Jersey: $36.46/hr

3. Maryland: $36.11/hr

4. Nevada: $26.07/hr

6. Alaska: $35.92hr

7. Texas: $35.54/hr

8. Lousiana: $35.23/hr

9. Illinois: $35.23/hr

10. West Virginia: $35.10/hr

Best Cities for Physical Therapists

Valuepenguin.com took information about PT careers and evaluated them on 3 elements:

  • 1. How much money do physical therapists make in the city? 
  • 2. How expensive is it to live there? 
  • 3. What is the location quotient for physical therapists in the city? 

It’s great to have a PT job with a high salary and a cheap city; but not if there are no job openings available. All things considered, the top cities of pursuing physical therapy jobs are:

  1. Sherman-Denison, TX (tied for 1st best city)
  2. Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY (tied for 2nd best city)

  3. Jacksonville, FL

  4. Gadsden, AL

  5. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

Location is key for travel positions. So, next time you are browsing for a new change, check out some of the places with higher pay and available jobs.

 

Author: Allied Travel Careers

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