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PT on the Run

Job Prospects

Published May 15, 2014 5:38 PM by Michael Kelley

Over the course of the past couple of weeks, we've had a few new grads interviewing for positions within the corporation. It got me wondering, what is the PT job market like these days?

Back in 2009 (happy five years since graduation for me!), I remember our professors and CIs would tell us pretty much that the world was our oyster. Jobs were plentiful in every area of PT and we should apply for whatever job we wanted.

Today though, it seems like things have changed. I have a family friend who graduated from PT school last year and couldn't find a job for almost six months after graduation. Even then, it wasn't in the setting or location she wanted. I've also heard that students are being told the job market isn't what it used to be. Have we really saturated the market? I can't imagine that PTs aren't needed en masse anymore.

And what about prospective PT students? We have an aide at our hospital who as far as I can tell is an ideal candidate for a PT program. This person is smart (better grades than I had) and motivated, with several years of experience working as a rehab aide, yet applied to several schools and didn't get into any of them. I've heard similar stories from other PTs in the area as well. Has PT school really become that competitive to get into?

What are you seeing in your area? Are we headed into a softening of the job market that was seen in the late 1990s? Any thoughts?

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It took 2 years to get into the school I graduated from due to a small program of 30 max. I graduated afloat 2 years ago and was told the market was flourishing. I had 5 years of experience as a rehab aside at an acute rehab as well as additional experience as a rehab aide/receptionist for about a year at an outpatient orthopedic group, in addition to 5 years as a home health aide who took care of very complicated patients (ventilator, wheelchair dependent, and all) with a3.5 GPA (could have been higher, but worked2-4 jobs throughout high school). And despite all of that, I had to move to another state to find a job that want part time or per diem. So, yeah, things pretty much suck as a new grad.

Roxanne May 15, 2014 11:40 PM

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