Stories about hiring difficulties are all over the news right and physical therapy clinics haven't been left out. An aging population with more chronic diseases has been pushing up the need for physical therapy for years. The pandemic has accelerated the problem. Clinics aren't only looking for PTs and PTAs either. Finding the right people to fill roles in billing, administrative and tech roles is difficult too. Many clinics also employ people like nutritionists, athletic trainers and fitness professionals. If you're looking for a new place to work or a change in career, a PT clinic might be a great setting for you. Here's a few reasons why:
Physical therapy is unique in the world of healthcare because of the time that patients spend in the clinic. People often come in 2 to 3 times a week for anywhere from a few weeks to several months depending on what they're coming in for.
When people spend that much time together, it's easy for great relationships to form. Often these relationships end up lasting a lifetime and have benefits that extend outside the clinic. Having a large and diverse network is never a bad thing and a PT clinic is a great place to build one.
Make a difference
Physical therapists work with people who have injuries or disabilities that affect their mobility, as well as those who have chronic illnesses like heart disease or diabetes. They help people heal faster and get them back to normal life, with a focus on function. That means PTs want to help people get back to meaningful things like going to work, recreational activities, hobbies, or playing with grandkids. Being able to return to things like that means a lot more to patients than lowering their blood pressure or improving their lab values. And it feels good to be a part of making that happen.
If you've never considered working in a PT clinic, it might be right for you. It's rewarding and a great way to build relationships, become valuable in the community, and make a difference in people’s lives.