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2014 Healthcare Employment Projections Indicate Job Growth of 30% or More

Author Travel Force Staffing | 12.31 | Category Allied Healthcare, Healthcare Industry Trends, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapy, Top Rehab Careers, Travel Therapist

Healthcare careers continue to boost U.S. job growth and will do so into the foreseeable future. Healthcare employment is projected to grow by 31% or 4.6 million jobs over the next ten years, according to the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.therapist employment rise

Therapy Professions in High Demand

Occupational Therapy (OT) takes the top spot among therapy careers and is projected to grow by 33% or 36,400 jobs through to 2020. The median salary for OTs is $75,400 per year. Permanent and travel occupational therapist jobs are available nationwide in rehabilitation centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and home health service providers.

Demand for physical therapists (PT) continue to rise and is projected to grow by 39% or 77,400 jobs to 2020. With more patients entering the system through the Affordable Care act and an aging boomer demographic, physical therapists will continue to be in high demand. The median salary for PTs is $79,860 per annum. Permanent, travel, and temporary physical therapy jobs are available in rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and nursing homes nationwide.

Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) continues to experience strong demand in the U.S. job market with a projected growth rate of 23% or the addition of 28,800 jobs through 2020. Median salaries for a SLP is $69,870 and positions are available nationwide in schools and hospital systems.

Therapy jobs in Florida and Texas in High Demand

Currently, there is high demand for speech language, physical and occupational therapy jobs in Florida and Texas. Travel therapy jobs are ideal for therapists who have a desire to work at top rehab facilities nationwide and who have the ability to embrace change and adapt quickly. Permanent and temporary positions are currently available with above-average wages and exceptional benefits.

Travel Force Staffing specializes in nationwide career opportunities for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, PTAs, Speech Language Pathologists and other allied professionals. Contact us now online or at 1-800-617-0608 and find out how you can put your rehabilitation skills to good use anywhere in the nation with higher than average wages and a generous employee benefits package including free private housing.

Certified Physical Therapists are Writing Their Own Ticket in Top Pay Jobs

Author Travel Force Staffing | 12.24 | Category Allied Healthcare, Healthcare Industry Trends, Ongoing Education, Physical Therapist Education, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Travel physical therapy jobs

Specialist certification is the formal recognition of clinical excellence for physical therapists. Building on a broad base of education and practice, in order to develop a greater depth of skill, allows the therapist to help not just a broader base of clients, but a more specific population of patients.

Travel Force Staffing is committed to understanding the tremendous commitment to lifelong learning that these therapists have taken; we honor that dedication by placing them in top therapy jobs in all 50 U.S. States, in hospitals let them work extensively in their specialties, listed here:physical therapist certifications

  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
  • Clinical Electrophysiology
  • Geriatrics
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Sports
  • Women’s Health

Travel Force Works Closely with Every Therapist, Finding an Ideal Employment Match

At our staffing firm, consultants work round the clock, helping therapists land the ideal allied healthcare job. It should be noted that the physical therapy job market is particularly strong in the following U.S. States:

  • Arizona PT jobs: There’s so much to do in this gorgeous state that everyone wants to live there—including a large demographic of seniors that require a physical therapist’s recession proof skills.
  • California PT jobs: This is in the top five highest paying states for therapy jobs (average PT salary: $95K)
  • Washington PT jobs: The Evergreen State is helping lead the way in ensuring the Vision 2020 goals set by the APTA.
  • Virginia PT jobs: The annual salary in the Lover’s State is very competitive with the national average and may soon rise above it.
  • Texas PT jobs: The Lone Star State’s physical therapy association has been enjoying record turn outs at their annual conference. Therapy jobs are hot here!
  • Illinois PT jobs:  The average salary here of $90K is 5% above the national average for therapists.
  • Kansas PT jobs: The lower cost of living in Kansas makes the high earnings of therapists here even more of an incentive to apply.

Seek Excellence and Apply at Travel Force Today

Physical therapists are known for challenging themselves in order to maximize their potential on the allied healthcare career path—that’s why so many get certified in one of the 8 specialties acknowledged by the ABPTS—read more about the certification process by visiting their website that also gives certification testing dates and deadlines  in 2014. Call or apply online today to get the career resources you need to rise to the top in your PT career, and all other branches of allied healthcare! Apply online or call 1-800-617-0608 today to work toward a universal goal among therapists of creating direct access to PTs for all concerns related to movement, function and health.

**Salary figures in this blog are cited in: salarybystate.org

2013 Recruiter of the Year Award

Author Travel Force Staffing | 12.16 | Category Allied Healthcare, Awards, Recruiter of the Year

Travel Force Senior Consultant, Shari Maniscalco, is a winner of the HT Magazine 2013 Recruiter of the Year Award. Amongst hundreds of submissions, Shari made it to the final and received the so deserved and prestigious award. Below are the comments from the Traveler who nominated Shari.

“Sheri is a great recruiter she really cares about her travelers and has an innate sense of what locations will be good fits for her travelers. She goes above and beyond what a normal recruiter would do. I have enjoyed working with her a great deal and plan to continue working with her. While on my first assignment in Florida I was struggling with changes that came as traveler versus a staff nurse and going from a big teaching facility to a small community hospital and it was Sherri who helped get me through. I think Sheri is what every recruiter should be and feel lucky to get to work with such an excellent person.”

Shari Maniscalco, Senior Consultant - 2013 Recruiter of the Year Award

Physical Therapy Knows No Bounds for U.S. War Veterans

Author Travel Force Staffing | 11.08 | Category Allied Healthcare, Healthcare Industry Trends, Monthly Events, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Career, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs

Wishing Servicemen of Every Age and Stripe a Happy Veteran’s Day!     

Veteran’s Day is a time to thank our men and women in uniform; it’s also an important day for the allied healthcare professionals treating our wounded servicemen to reflect on changes in physical therapy and how it impacts patients. The wide range in veteran’s ages receiving care—approximately age 20 to 105—is a big factor in treatment and therapy solutions. Physical therapists must be prepared to create individualized therapy plans for wounds that are changing with the times, taking into consideration wounds incurred in wars that span both generations and continents.

For example, younger veterans, injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, present with orthopedic injuries outside of the usual short-term conditions physical therapists are used to seeing in servicemen; i.e., blast injurieswar veterans from things exploding around them, and trauma caused by carrying heavy packs across uneven desert terrains. As the war in the Middle East goes on, injured troops and veterans in need of rehab therapy continue to rise. PTs are treating more patients with multiple limb amputations; while this is standard for therapists who work with veterans of war, the average age of amputees is dropping. PTs are treating much younger Vets now.

The good news is, that therapists in places like Walter Reed (Washington D.C. therapists are familiar with this VA hospital) are known for their excellent care of both young and old amputees; they built an amputee ward based on a sports medicine model that is changing lives for the better. From the east coast to the west coast, therapists are assisting Veterans with everything from orthopedic injuries to traumatic brain injuries, treating both short-term and long-term problems with cutting edge expertise.

Allied Healthcare Objectives that Win the War on Injuries

California therapists at the VA hospital in Los Angeles are well known for their care of older amputees as a result of diabetes, vascular degeneration or old injuries from serving in Vietnam—but in using these objectives in therapy, they help much younger servicemen, too.

  • Maximize patients’ independence in performing daily tasks again via excellent occupational therapy
  • Improve ambulation through mobility training
  • Increase physical strength, endurance and coordination
  • Let patients define and set goals; then learn to trust the therapist in helping them achieve these goals

Therapists Across America Salute Their Patients! 

Allied health professionals in VA hospitals, and rehab centers across America take pride in providing comprehensive therapy; PTs, OTs and all healthcare professionals in therapy jobs are working with state of the art therapy techniques and prosthetic limbs—so that wounded war veterans of any age will benefit. These therapists are heartened by the fact that advances in body armor and helmet design are improving emergency medical care. It is now possible for servicemen to survive injuries from landmines, combat and IEDs; it’s also possible for severely injured vets, who once were thought to be wheelchair bound the rest of their lives, to walk out of rehab centers on their own two feet. Congrats to these Vets and their rehab team. May physical therapists show their thanks and patriotism to men and women in the military every day! God bless America, everyone!

Footnote: Information in this article was gleaned from the California Physical Therapy Association and from their related article: PRNews Wire

National Physical Therapy Month

Author Travel Force Staffing | 10.10 | Category Allied Healthcare, Locations, Monthly Events, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Career, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel physical therapy jobs

 This year’s theme lists the Top 10 Fittest Cities for Baby Boomers

If ever there was anything that needed to be shared among friends, patients and the medical community, it’s the benefits of physical therapy. For over 20 years now, the APTA has done just that, by getting another National Physical Therapy Month well underway this October. This year, the theme has been expanded to include The Top 10 Fittest Baby Boomer Cities in America. Celebrating seniors is such a good idea, considering they make up the largest base of patients in rehab. The APTA’s “Fit After 50 Program” is a great way to not only honor them, but help them keep up the good work.

Travel Force Staffing is proud to place allied healthcare professionals in America’s fittest cities for Baby Boomers. Ranked in order of the fittest, you’ll also find plenty of high paying therapy jobs in these lean and mean parts of the USA!Fittest Baby Boomer Cities in America

Top 10 Fittest Cities for Baby Boomers

  1. San Jose, California
  2. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  3. San Francisco, California
  4. Denver, Colorado
  5. Boston, Massachusetts
  6. Salt Lake City, Utah
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. Seattle, Washington
  9. San Diego, California
  10. Raleigh, North Carolina

Move Forward in Your Therapy Careers This Month and Always!

MoveForwardPT.com, the APTA inspired site that creates awareness during National Physical Therapy Month in October and the rest of the calendar year, provides resources for both practitioners of PT and the patients.  Just click the Fit After 50 link to access a wealth of resources on staying committed to exercise and reversing the signs of aging. Pass the wisdom on, and check in often with your #1 staffing agency for therapy jobs from coast to coast when you call 1-800-617-0608 or apply online today!

Boost Your PT Income by 20% through Hand Therapy Certification

Author Travel Force Staffing | 09.20 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, certifications, Education, Healthcare Industry Trends, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy, Ongoing Education, Physical Therapist Education, Physical Therapist Licensing, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist

Experienced physical therapists can boost their income by up to 20% by becoming a certified hand therapist (CHT). Hand therapy has traditionally been the primary domain of occupational therapists; however there is a strong demand for PT hand therapists amongst many in the medical community.

Cindy Johnson, PT, DPT, CHT, president of the hand rehabilitation section for the American Physical Therapy Association stated, “There is a shortage in general of hand therapists, but PT hand therapists are sought after. They are never wanting for a job.”

CHTs treat more than the hand

Hand rehabilitation includes not just the hand but the wrist, elbow, and shoulder girdle. The practice merges physical and occupational therapy by combining PTs structural knowledge of the upper limb with OTs expertise with functional activities.hand therapy certification

Hand therapists may treat patients for a number of reasons including:

  • Structural damage from severe burns
  • Nerve compression syndrome
  • Tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Distal radius fractures
  • Flexor tendon rehabilitation from surgery or injury

Advantages of having a CHT Designation

Current research presents a strong link between the health of the spine and the operation of the upper limb. Johnson states, “Research is coming out stating you can’t treat the hand without treating the spine. That is not part of an OT practice, but it is part of a PT practice.” A study posted in the Journal of Manual Manipulative Therapy by Joshua Cleland, DPT OCS demonstrates that patients with tennis elbow have improved treatment results when therapy is directed toward the cervicthoracic spine in addition to the elbow.

Physical therapists with a CHT designation can increase their patient load:

  • By offering a higher level of skill
  • By treating multiple trauma patients with severe hand and upper limb injuries
  • Through increased referrals from hand surgeons who are increasingly opting for CHTs

Physical therapists with a CHT make up only 14% of the 5,510 hand therapists in the United States. Physical therapists choosing to pursue the hand therapy certification require five years of experience as a full-time PT. Before an applicant can write the half-day certification exam, they must complete and document at least 4,000 hours of direct hand therapy treatments.

Advance Your CHT Career with Travel Therapy Jobs

Physical and occupational therapists receive free continuing education classes and certifications through our travel therapy jobs program. Travel Force Staffing specializes in career opportunities for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Respiratory Therapists, PTAs, Speech Language Pathologists and other allied professionals. Find therapy jobs at facilities offering the latest technology and advancements in your field. We have jobs in Outpatient Centers, Rehab Centers, skilled nursing facilities, and top rehabilitation hospitals rated the best by U.S. News & World Report.

Getting started is easy taking just a few minutes. You can fill out an application online or contact us at 1-800-617-0608 to speak with an expert consultant.

Physical Therapists Travel to Washington to Change Medicare Reimbursement for the Better

Author Travel Force Staffing | 08.22 | Category Allied Healthcare, Healthcare Industry Trends, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Career, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist

Here’s What Every Therapist Should Know

On July 22, 2013 physical therapists from across the United States, chosen by the APTA’s Private Practice Section lobbied Congress in Washington D.C.  They were tasked with the very important goal of discussing some of the current problems with Medicare reimbursement—issues that range from the Sustainable Growth Rate and its negative impact on payment rates, to therapy caps that limit patients’ access to the best possible care. At the end of the first ever “fly-in”, solutions to many problems affecting therapy jobs were reached.

As many already know, the current payment scheme makes it hard for physical therapists to earn reasonable reimbursements when they treat Medicare patients, who are perhaps the neediest group when it comes to allied health services. Because of the recession and economic hardship felt all around, Congress has called a moratorium on payment reductions every year—while this is great news for therapists who would otherwise see a 29% drop in payments from Medicare, many did not want to revisit the short-term fix again next year; they lobbied for change now.

A short list of the problems physical therapists have lobbied Congress to address and solve:PTs in Washington

  • Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR): The SGR is crippled by 1997’s Balanced Budget Act; physical therapists are lobbying to replace this dinosaur with the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act of 2013 (H.R. 574). This bill would repeal and replace the SGR formula that determines Medicare payment rates, ensuring that therapists are paid fairly and commensurate with the current value of their services.
  • Medicare Therapy Cap: Another part of 1997’s Balanced Budget Act that negatively impacts therapists is the Medical Therapy Cap. PTs wish to replace this with the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act (H.R. 713/S. 367), which would permanently repeal the arbitrary annual per-beneficiary cap for physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology services. This bill would eliminate a lot of paperwork and frustration for therapists across the United States, and better yet give continuous and higher quality of care to their patients.
  • Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction: One of the goals of lobbying Congress was to stop this practice, wherein Congress uses inaccurate data to reduce payments to physical therapists and use the savings to patch the flawed SGR formula.
  • “Substitute therapists” policy: When physical therapists in private practice take a leave of absence, current government policies prevent them from hiring a qualified replacement. APTA’s private practice section has asked Congress to add physical therapists to the list of professionals allowed to bring qualified temporary substitute professionals when the practice owner needs to be away.
  • Medicare Opt Out: Because physical therapists are not presently permitted to opt-out of Medicare and treat these patients privately, PTs are lobbying Congress to be included in the list of professionals allowed to do so; they believe this option enables them to better serve their patients.
  • Curbing Fraud and Abuse: Part of the physical therapists’ lobby was in recommending cost saving measures for Congress, so that over-utilization of therapy services is no longer as prevalent.

Positive Change Happens When You Align your Talents with Like-minded Forces

Whether they work in private practices or for healthcare employers, therapists can all agree that high-quality, cost-effective physical therapy is something every patient deserves.  If you’re looking for therapy jobs that foster ideal relationships between therapists and patients, then Travel Force Staffing wants to know you; just call 1-800-617-0608 or apply online to connect with a consultant today. Positive changes are coming to the healthcare landscape, and we look forward to meeting dynamic, innovative and highly adaptable clients who embody all that and more. Talk to you soon!

**Information used in this article was taken from The Lund Report’s Story on Medicare Reimbursement and from this therapist’s story about the fly-in in The Post-Journal.   

Physical & Occupational Therapists in the Top 3 for Job Satisfaction

Author Travel Force Staffing | 07.31 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, Healthcare Industry Trends, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Travel Nurse Blog, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist

Healthcare workers come in third nationwide as those most satisfied in their jobs following only engineering and finance professionals, according to a recent survey.

Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and nurses are not only satisfied with their jobs but are also the top three healthcare professions most in demand across the country. And while healthcare employment demand is high in both urban and rural settings, it’s medical providers in the states of Texas, California, Illinois, and New York that are most actively recruiting for nursing, occupational and physical therapy jobs.

travel therapy jobs in demand

Therapy Professions in High Demand

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that from 2010 to 2020:

  • Physical therapist jobs will grow 39%
  • Occupational Therapist jobs will grow 33%
  • Respiratory Therapist jobs will grow by 28%
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant jobs will grow by 41%

High-Paying Permanent, Per Diem, and Travel Therapy Jobs Available

Across the nation, therapists are joining a growing trend toward a more adventurist work/life balance and with higher pay and benefits.

If you’ve ever imagined of what it may be like to live and work in another part of country but were unsure how you could manage the move then travel therapy jobs may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

With positions available nationwide, we are able to selectively offer those assignments that meet your salary requirements as well as geographical desires…

  • You want to spend the winter months skiing in Colorado?
  • The beaches of Florida or California?
  • Or even the bustling cities of New York or Las Vegas?

…we can make it happen.

In addition, the Tax Advantage Plan increases take home pay for travel therapists who qualify for tax advantage benefits. Take home pay increases by as much as 15% for meals and incidentals. Travel therapists earn an average compensation of over $70,000 and with benefits, such as free housing and health insurance; total compensation can reach $100,000 per year.

Free Deluxe Private Housing Accommodations

Therapy jobs at Travel Force Staffing include safe, secure housing and apartments conveniently located to stores, restaurants and public transportation. We encourage therapists to travel with family, friends and pets. You tell us with whom you’re traveling and we’ll find you suitable housing.

Travel Force Staffing specializes in career opportunities for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Respiratory Therapists, PTAs, Speech Language Pathologists and other allied professionals. We make it easy to find high-Paying Permanent, Per Diem, and Travel Therapy Jobs in select specialties nationwide.

Contact us now online to find out how easy it is to land your dream job in the geographic area of your choosing. Or speak to a Travel Force representative toll-free at 800-617-0608.

Physical and Occupational Therapists among the Top Ten Jobs in the Nation

Author Travel Force Staffing | 07.02 | Category Allied Healthcare, Healthcare Industry Trends, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist

A recent study in the Washington Post*  has ranked the top 10 jobs in the United States for 2013. While many of the occupations have remained the same, some have shifted their position in this year’s ranking.

Occupational Therapists (OT) professionals hold the number 7 position in the 2012 ranking while Physical Therapists (PT) came in at number 9 based on a methodology based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Physical Therapist careers carry an average pay of over $76,000.00 annually while Occupational Therapists enjoy an average annual salary of over $72,000.00.

Physical Therapists

Physical therapy jobs are available nationwide on a permanent basis as well as travel and per diem assignments. Healthcare employers posting the greatest number of positions  include  rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, out-patient centers, and top rehabilitation hospitals around the country.

The highest earning packages include top pay and benefits for contract travel assignments; with free private housing or stipend, free health insurance, travel, 401k plan and more.

Occupational Therapists

As an Occupational Therapist, there are thousands of positions staffed in the USA each year and many are on a travel assignment basis. These assignments provide phenomenal benefits in a variety of locations where accommodations are provided along with free health insurance including dental and life.

Travel Force Staffing is one of the industry leaders in matching position openings for Occupational and Physical Therapists. All qualifications are considered intently to ensure that you are right for the position and location.

Our promise includes promoting your experience, strengths and preferences to the hiring managers and assures you of the highest pay possible. Travel Force Staffing brings you to the employer or employee of your choice.

Apply to Travel Force today to find that Occupational or Physical Therapist position that is waiting for you.  Call now at 800-617-0608 or apply online.

Physical and Occupational Therapists among the Top Ten Jobs in 2013

** Source www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/the-10-best-and-worst-jobs-of-2013/2013/

For Healthcare Employers and Job Seeking Therapists Alike, Staffing Consultants Are a Win-Win!

Author Travel Force Staffing | 06.10 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, Healthcare Industry Trends, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Career, Speech Language Pathologist, Therapist Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist

Our recruiters use cutting edge technology in their selection process, but there’s more to it than that. They also value their career development partnerships, and work hard to maintain them; these alliances with universities and physical therapy programs throughout the United States put recruitment staff in contact with both new therapy graduates and veterans of the allied healthcare field. Though consultants review thousands of applications via an internal database, the process gets more personal when they have the distinct pleasure of meeting one-on-one with the talented therapists who come to college career fairs. The goal is to work closely with candidates, ultimately landing them high income and rewarding therapy jobs in all 50 U.S. States.

While it’s true that a consultant helps the therapist find his or her way in a fiercely competitive field, the end-result of working together is a win-win, not just for the job applicant, but for the healthcare employer as well. The win win situation for hospitals and therapistsconsultant vets the best physical therapists, PTAs, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists for therapy careers that help define rehab centers, out-patient clinics, skilled nursing facilities and more as among the best in America. Their approach to staffing hospitals is invaluable in the face of healthcare reform and the millions of newly entitled patients who will inevitably seek therapy from an allied healthcare professional.

Here are just a few more reasons why it’s a win-win for therapists and healthcare employers when they use a staffing consultant to fulfill their employment goals. Find these and other related statistics on Travel Force Staffing’s site.

  • The 39% surge in physical therapy jobs projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics will open up some 77,000 more therapy jobs between now and 2020.
  • Rather than feel overwhelmed, healthcare employers have every reason to sit back, relax and let highly trained recruiters provide a complete profile, skills checklists, license verification and references with every candidate submitted.
  • The “very best” healthcare talent, classified as the top 10 percent, can expect to earn more than $100,000 a year!

Healthcare Employers, Post Your On-Line Positions with the Staffing Pros!  

Therapists with advanced clinical training and amazing potential know that short-term therapy jobs offer more than just high pay and the flexibility to do and see more; they also know that travel therapy jobs are an excellent opportunity for professional growth; these allied healthcare workers need only call 1-800-617-0608 or apply online to learn more. Hospitals interested in staffing the best of the best are encouraged to post your positions online today!