Non-Clinical Jobs for Physical Therapists

Physical therapy is a wonderful profession where you can work in all sorts of settings, and with all sorts of patients. As fulfilling and enjoyable as patient care can be, though, sometimes we start to wonder what else is out there. We might become injured or ill, and we’re no longer able to work in a clinical setting. We might be bored, or feeling stifled financially. Perhaps we simply want more flexibility or growth in our careers. Whatever the reason, there are plenty of non-clinical jobs for physical therapists out there, and I wrote this article to explore the most popular ones.

Signs it’s time to consider a non-clinical physical therapy career

Before we jump into the non-clinical physical therapy careers out there, let’s briefly touch on some signs that maybe it’s time to consider leaving patient care.

  • You’re Googling things like “What else can I do with a physical therapy degree?” or “I don’t want to be a physical therapist anymore.” Repeatedly.
  • You’re not feeling excited about your job anymore. Or, worse, you dread going in.
  • You wish you could make more money, but you’re barely getting raises (if at all), and taking on extra jobs just doesn’t work for you.
  • You envy your friends who have greater flexibility (or even work from home).
  • You no longer feel connected to your patients or coworkers.

Perhaps you’re fully aware that you want to explore alternative physical therapy careers, but you’re simply not sure where to start. Or maybe you have tried applying to non-traditional roles, but haven’t had any luck landing interviews.

Whatever your reasoning, if you’re looking for non-clinical physical therapy job options, you’ve come to the right place! A career change from physical therapy IS possible.

Why I’m writing about non-clinical physical therapy jobs

I believe if you’re unhappy in your chosen field, you shouldn’t feel stuck. And I also believe that if you want to explore something new, you shouldn’t have to start from ground zero and take a huge pay cut in the process.

Personally, I was ready for a change after just three short years of working as a PT. I’m sure you can imagine how embarrassed and foolish I felt for having invested all that time, money, and energy (and tears, in my case!) into a profession that didn’t seem to fit me at all.

I wrote this article to shed light on some of the existing non-clinical job options out there, because when I was first feeling unhappy, I had NO idea what to do next. This article is meant to be a work in progress, and I will come across more and more as time goes on—so expect frequent updates and additions as the site grows 🙂

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Here are 9 alternative careers for physical therapists:

1. Education

Physical therapists make excellent educators. Our jobs as PTs and PTAs always entail educating patients, caregivers, families, and other healthcare professionals every single day.

Education is a natural transition for many physical therapists.

The fact that education is number one on this list probably comes as no surprise to you; education is one of the most popular non-clinical career paths in our field. For years, physical therapists have been going into education when they’re ready to leave the clinic.

What you might not realize is that PTs aren’t limited to teaching at physical therapy schools. After all, there are PTs living all over America, but there aren’t PT schools everywhere.

Luckily, there are institutes of higher education pretty much everywhere, if you’re willing to commute a half hour or so. PTs are perfectly qualified to teach at the community college, university, and graduate level, especially in courses like anatomy and biomechanics.

Also, with the advent of more and more online education programs, PTs are in the perfect position to pick up courses to teach online, or even work with companies like MedBridge to create online CEU classes or teach webinars from home! Indeed, working from home as a PT is very possible if you pursue education!

Nicole Tombers, PT, DPT, does a great job of explaining physical therapist career options in education in this article.

Pros:

  • You’ll keep your PT knowledge fresh in some areas.
  • You’ll truly help shape the next generation of clinicians.
  • You’ll stay young being around students.
  • You’ll have flexibility and generous pay (usually).
  • You’ll enjoy watching students succeed.

Cons:

  • You’ll be grading papers, preparing lessons, etc. outside of your actual teaching hours.
  • You’ll likely start out as adjunct, meaning it’s not a clean break from patient care.
  • You’ll possibly be required to stay clinical to some degree (if you teach at a PT school).
  • You’ll occasionally see an unsuccessful student, which can be painful.

Check out the spotlights below to learn more about therapists who’ve become educators!

2. Utilization review

In the past, utilization review (UR) roles were largely filled by nurses. Today, PTs (as well as OTs and SLPs) are often recruited for these roles, too!

Utilization reviewers (also known as clinical reviewers or physical therapy reviewers) typically work for insurance companies (or companies that contract with insurance companies), and their roles generally involve reviewing cases, and approving, denying, or otherwise managing insurance claims.

Utilization review jobs are sometimes remote or partial-remote, and they generally require at least a few years of clinical practice in a specific setting.

For example, if you’re working for a pediatric clinical reviewer job, it will help immensely if you have several years of experience with treating kids as a peds PT.

You can check out a more extensive article I wrote about utilization review here

Pros:

  • You’ll likely enjoy flexible work, possibly with partial or full-remote employment.
  • You’ll be able to fight fraudulent billing practices.
  • You’re definitely still leveraging your degree.
  • You’ll likely enjoy a good salary.

Cons:

  • You’ll probably feel pretty crappy at times; there’s sometimes pressure to decline treatments, even when you deem them medically necessary.
  • You’ll be sitting. A lot. If your body ached in patient care, you might develop new aches and pains from the sedentary role.
  • These roles can be rather corporate at times.

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Check out the spotlights below to learn about therapists who have pursued careers in utilization review.

3. Technology and innovation

Ever thought of working with robots? What about running clinical trials for innovative devices designed to help stroke patients? I had no idea PTs ever worked in these types of roles until I started this website!

As it turns out, tons of physical therapists are being hired as clinical trainers, marketers, consultants, and more!

Our backgrounds make us incredible assets to tech companies. As engineers and designers work create technology to help patients become more mobile, PTs’ input is crucial. What seems painfully obvious to us after working with scores of patients might never cross a designer’s mind when she is placing a button on a device.

PTs are also highly valuable in industries seeking to streamline healthcare delivery. For example, if there’s an EMR company seeking an account manager to work with its rehab clients, you’ll have a huge leg up on job seekers who have never worked in rehab facilities. That’s why WebPT hires so many former clinicians into non-clinical roles.

→ Here’s a great article about how to land a role at a rehab tech startup as a PT, OT, or SLP!

Pros:

  • You’ll feel like you’re on the cutting edge of developments that will truly transform how we operate as clinicians.
  • You’ll enjoy unprecedented creativity.
  • You’ll be uniquely positioned to offer clinical expertise in a sea of techie and engineer types.

Cons:

  • You may wind up working long hours, or traveling quite a bit. This is more common in smaller, startup type companies.
  • You’ll see a wide variety of pay; physical therapy jobs at startups don’t always pay well, but established companies do.

Check out the spotlights below to learn more about therapists who’ve gone into tech roles!

4. Clinical/rehab liaison

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A clinical or rehab liaison is responsible for filling the beds of a rehab facility with appropriate patients. These types of roles have a strong marketing and sales angle, as you’re often selling services to physicians, case managers, and even the community at large.

Clinical liaison roles tend to be pretty flexible, and they’re great for those who work both independently and on teams. These roles do require clinical licenses, and you still spend quite a bit of time with patients—just not treating them directly.

I wrote an article on how to become a rehab liaison, and you should check it out! Rehab liaisons are basically sales and marketing reps for inpatient rehab facilities, and I really enjoyed my time working in that role 🙂

Pros:

  • It’s pretty easy to move into a clinical liaison career, provided you have worked in acute care and/or inpatient rehab.
  • These roles pay pretty much what you’d make in an acute care job.
  • The roles are fun! You still get to work with patients, but in a much less physically and emotionally demanding way.

Cons:

  • There’s not always a direct growth path for these roles. Many people use these roles to springboard more directly into sales.
  • There can be some pressure to meet census quotas.
  • Sometimes, case manager and doctors can try to push you around a bit.

Rehab Liaison Job Seeker Starter Pack: Resume, Cover letter, Interview PrepCheck out the spotlights below to learn more about folks in clinical liaison roles!

5. Recruiting

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Recruiting is an incredible career path for rehab professionals, especially those who have done some travel physical therapy in the past.

Physical therapy recruiters work with employers and rehab professionals, trying to ensure good matches for various job roles. For example, you might work as a healthcare recruiter for a staffing company, and your role would be speaking with facilities who are looking for PTs, then finding PTs who look good for those roles. You’d do the initial screening of applicants, and you’d earn a paycheck based on whether you’re able to fill open positions.

Some PTs choose to become independent recruiters. You can do that by working with a company like Relode, or you can simply contact companies and cut out the middle man!

Pros:

  • You’ll enjoy meeting, and networking with, all sorts of people.
  • You’ll use existing connections to help find the right professionals for the right roles.
  • You’ll enjoy a high salary if you’re good at your job; it’s often commission-based.

Cons:

  • You’ll have to “eat what you kill.” Commission-based roles often require an assertive, proactive personality, or you won’t make much income.
  • You’ll often have times where you feel like you’re fitting a square peg in a round hole, just to make that job placement.
  • It can be challenging to convince a recruiter to give a PT a chance in a totally new role. Read how one OT bombed her healthcare recruiter interview to learn valuable lessons!

Check out the spotlights below to learn more about folks in recruiting roles!

6. Writing

Ahhh, writing. My calling, and my favorite activity 🙂 Call it publishing, call it copywriting, or call it blogging, but there’s a huge need for educated rehab professionals in the online world. Just google “healthcare content” and you can see that writing about healthcare is a booming industry.

Writing roles vary greatly. You might work as a clinical content writer, or you might work as a health copy writer. You can work for large organizations or freelance with smaller clients.

You can also work as a medical writer, which is entirely different, and often requires a PhD or additional formalized medical writer training.

I’ve got a lot of additional content on this topic: 

Pros:

  • You’ll enjoy unprecedented flexibility and creativity.
  • You’ll get to leverage your degree and build a name for yourself at the same time.
  • You’ll have tons of paths to take, from marketing, to strategy, to editor-in-chief.

Cons:

  • You’ll be sitting a lot. Either invest in a standing desk or get your tail off the chair and get moving throughout the day.
  • You’ll probably have to break into the field slowly, building your portfolio, then transitioning out of patient care.
  • You’ll find that the pay might not be what you’re used to as a PT (at first). After a year or two, you’ll likely earn close to what you did as a therapist.

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Check out the spotlights below to learn more about folks in writing roles!

7. Sales

When I was working in outpatient, I used to get super envious of the Dynasplint rep who would just breeze through, fit patients with their splints, toss us some doughnuts (mmmm…doughnuts), and be on her merry way. It seemed like such a fun, fulfilling way to leverage a PT degree!

If you’re an actual sales rep, your role is to represent your product, so you need to know it inside and out. You are also responsible for maintaining (and sometimes starting) relationships with various businesses.

For example, if you work for Bioness as a sales rep, you will be going around to various rehab facilities and demonstrating your products, as well as training the therapists in their use.

Pros:

  • You’ll find this is one of the easiest roles to jump into directly, without needing to do a gradual transition out of patient care.
  • You’ll likely enjoy a good salary, provided you’re comfortable in a commission environment.
  • You’ll be able to leverage your degree and existing industry connections.

Cons:

  • You’ll be “on” a lot. If you’re leaving patient care because you are shy or don’t like being around people all day, this might not be the role for you.
  • You’ll likely have a lot of traveling in these roles.
  • You’ll need to be good at working independently, and you’ll need to get into the mindset of selling.

Check out the spotlights below to learn more about folks in sales roles!

8. Entrepreneurship

I am so excited to include this on the list! There are SO many physical therapists who are leveraging their degrees to be their own bosses in non-clinical or partial-clinical ways.

In the past, entrepreneurial-minded PTs were told to become clinic owners, and that’s about it. With the advent of telehealth PT and smartphones, therapists have gone in all sorts of cool directions, including owning HEP companies and running telehealth platforms.

The key to becoming an entrepreneur is to identify a problem, then provide a solution, making your entire mission to delight your customer/client in the process. Influencers fall under this category, as well; some folks, like the Movement Maestro, are making names for themselves as experts, by leveraging social media.

Pros:

  • You’ll have the ability to truly create an organization or product that fits your vision. I created TNCPT because I knew what I wanted to do (create a comprehensive resource for therapists to find EVERYTHING they need to go non-clinical), and I wanted to be able to run the site solely based on user preferences (reach out to tell me what you want!) and my own vision for where I see the PT industry in 5, 10, and 20 years.
  • You’ll be able to work from anywhere you want.
  • You can truly effect change in our industry, in patients’ lives, and even in the healthcare industry on the whole.

Cons:

  • You’ll need a lot of internal drive to be an entrepreneur; you’re always on, and you will likely be hustling pretty much all the time. I’m writing this article on my weekend, and every entrepreneur I know is pretty much working all day, every day. But they love it!
  • You won’t get a steady paycheck for a long time. You’ll go without perks many folks take for granted, such as PTO, 401(k), and health/dental benefits.

Check out the spotlights below to learn more about therapists in entrepreneurial roles!

9. Telehealth PT

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I debated whether to include telehealth physical therapy on this list, as it’s technically still considered clinical work. But telehealth is so flexible and hands-off, many PTs find it to be liberating compared to traditional patient care.

Telehealth PT is physical therapy delivered over electronic means, rather than in person—and this is great news for someone looking for telecommute physical therapy jobs (especially if they still love patient care)! There are several ways to get into telehealth:

  1. Join an existing company that provides telehealth services. You can sign up as a staff teletherapy provider and be part of a pool of therapists providing services remotely. You’re paid like a staff therapist and don’t need to worry about business considerations like billing or patient acquisition.
  2. Start your own telehealth PT company. The other option is to start a company where you provide telehealth as a solo practitioner. This means finding patients, setting up the tech yourself, and other concerns, but there are solutions to make this easier!

Pros:

  • It’s a way to truly keep using your degree and knowledge, without burning out your body.
  • You’ll be able to work from anywhere you want.
  • You’ll be part of a major sea change in our profession, which is exciting and prevents boredom.

Cons:

  • At this time, telehealth feels a bit like the Wild West. There’s not a lot of structure, and there are struggles with convincing patients to pay for your services when they still associate PT with hands-on care.
  • Telehealth is cash-only at this point, as insurance companies are only reimbursing telemedicine in a precious few disciplines.

Check out the teletherapy spotlights below:

Where can I find non-clinical physical therapy job postings?

I’m so glad you asked! I run a FREE Facebook group called Non-Clinical Job Postings for Rehab Professionals. Be sure to join!

General Non-Clinical Job Seeker Starter Pack With Resumes, Cover Letter, and Interview Prep Information

What about non-clinical jobs for PTAs (physical therapist assistants)?

Many of the above roles are perfectly appropriate for PTAs, but if you’re curious to learn more about what is specifically out there for you, you might want to check out this article from Sean Hagey, PTA. He has a really cool non-clinical consulting role at a telehealth company!


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Did I leave anything off? Just let me know! I’ll be updating this article frequently as I find additional non-clinical physical therapist career options to feature. A career change from physical therapy IS possible, and I’m here to help you get there!

94 thoughts on “Non-Clinical Jobs for Physical Therapists”

  1. Thank you thank you for writing this!! Makes me feel less crazy and gives great advice for moving forward in my career. I appreciate this post very much!! TY

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Jen! Thank you so much for your comment; reading it truly made my day 🙂 Please let me know if I can ever help you, or if you have any particular questions. I might not know the answers, but I’ll certainly try to find them… thanks again for your comment and Happy New Year 🙂 – Meredith

        1. Meredith Castin

          Absolutely! Recruiting, sales, tech/industry, and education (at the assistant level) are all great for PTAs. Some content writer roles work great for assistants, too, though some of them want a bachelor’s degree.

  2. Meredith somehow my searches just keep finding you!! Lol!! I so resonate with these articles. I’ve been away from clinical practice for a bit pursuing some of my other passions of Life Coaching, Reiki, Qi Gong and fitness to mention a few. It’s been an interesting path integrating all of this with my love of helping others as a PT. Any advise for a not new grad with loads of experience and a very strong desire to help people help themselves with a holistic Mind Body approach?

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Coby!

      Thank you for the comment. I think your background in PT is the perfect complement to your holistic and mental health pursuits! If you do wind up doing life coaching as your primary goal, you’re pretty well set up for having both mind and body covered 🙂 I checked out your website and it looks like you’re already very much on the right path. My advice is always to start with writing super relevant content to whatever it is you’re trying to either sell or “be the expert at.” In your case, you’ve already been blogging, which is great. Just keep at it, with more and more content, and try to get that content in front of the right eyes. You’ll only know which eyes to target when you hone in on a particular group you’d like to help. Is it teachers? Rehab professionals? Identify the ones you think could most use your help and then write tons of tailored articles to those people. You can join Facebook groups and share those articles in the groups to get more traction.

      Your message seems really appropriate for burned out clinicians (any healthcare professional, really), so maybe you can start by working with PTs/OTs/SLPs and RNs. I’m happy to chat with you more about this sometime 🙂 Just drop me a line on the contact page. Happy 2018! Meredith

    2. Hi coby
      Wanted to look in to your blog but couldn’t find it. Meridith mentioned your blog in her reply but i dont see any other details. Can you please give me the details of your blog. I am interested in your content .
      Thank you
      Vini

  3. Meredith.. Smashing article and hitting all the edges of the PT profession and burnout/resentment. I can relate to the details of this article as a PT in various levels. That’s why I am in the midst of building my life coaching programs around burnout in our profession. I have developed a six week life coaching program on this such topic and would love to through around some thoughts your way as it gets rolling out!!!! Looking forward to collaborating!!!!!(website – not up yet!)

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Stacie! Thank you so much for your comment. I’m really excited for you with your life coaching program…eager to chat more and find some cool ways to collaborate and help PTs find their passion 🙂

  4. Meredith, I have a question regarding maintaining licensure in case of a fall back. Can you elaborate on this topic? I’m curious if I will lose my license if I step into a sales role.

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Lucas!
      Definitely keep your license! As long as you comply with state con-ed and license renewal requirements, you should be just fine to keep that PT license when you move into a non-clinical role. If you use online con-ed (such as MedBridge), it’s really inexpensive and simple to complete all the con-ed you’ll need, so you’ll just need to pay your licensing fees and you’ll be set! If you have questions, just reach out… Thanks for the comment 🙂
      Meredith

      1. Keeping up with the con ed requirements wouldn’t be a big problem, but what about the hours of treatment requirement? I love in WA state and I think it requires 500 hrs every 2 years. Do you know if it has to be direct patient care? Or would these online jobs qualify? Thank you for your time and input!

        1. Meredith Castin

          Hi Stephanie!
          Thanks for commenting. Here’s what I found on the Washington state website: “Physical therapists must complete 40 hours of continuing education and 200 hours of employment every two years.” I think they deliberately left that loose (“200 hours of employment”) because many PTs/OTs become managers. They don’t have direct patient care in those roles. I’d reach out the board personally to get clarification, as that’s an excellent question. My gut says you’d be OK in a non-clinical role, but you’d probably be safer hearing it from the board itself 🙂 Please let me know what you find out! Thank you!

  5. Great Article. Exactly what I was looking for. At this point, I think it’s important for me to continue developing as a clinician, but I already know this is not the end game. I have writing aspirations and this was just the motivation I needed to sit down and start putting some of my transient thoughts into structured sentences. 🙂

      1. I loved your article.
        I am a PTA, 28 years. Last 6 years, hhc.
        I am totally burned out more from agencies than patients. I am interested in QA but do not know where to begin.
        I need some guidance.

        1. Meredith Castin

          Hi Sallie!
          Thanks for the comment and nice words. QA is a great option for PTAs. Have you looked into PAI Coordinators? Other roles include PPS Coordinator and MDS Coordinator…
          Meredith 🙂

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  7. hi Meredith, iam looking for an online PT job where I can work from home, can you please suggest any, your article was very helpful. thank you.
    kavitha.

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Kavitha! Thanks for the comment. You can look into being a telehealth PT, an online (remote) health and/or wellness coach, or even a utilization reviewer (UR)/chart reviewer. While many of the chart reviewer/UR jobs are onsite, there are a few that allow you to work remotely! Hope that helps 🙂

      1. Eric McEvoy

        Hello! I am so happy I found your article and website. What a valuable resource! I am a PT looking into non-clinical employment options that I can do remotely/from home. I have been offered a couple of jobs doing telehealth PT, but they are new companies and so it will take awhile to build up a clientele. Do you know of any established companies that do tele-PT? I am also interested in clinical reviewing because it seems like it might be a more consistent income. Do you know what companies that allow you to work remotely? Thank you kindly.

        1. Meredith Castin

          Hi Eric! Thank you so much for reaching out. I do know some telehealth companies. I’ll send you an email shortly 🙂 And I have an article on UR coming out soon! Some UR companies do allow you to work remotely. I’ll be in touch 🙂

  8. Meredith,

    What a great article. Its strong and addresses a big topic. I heard your podcast when you were with the pre-PT grind folks, and I quickly wrote down your website name. The big question in my head was what can a PT do besides clinical work? I am really curious since I am currently exploring the field as a pre-pt. I hear a lot of boasting that there is so much variety in the PT field.

    It’s awesome to see you succeed as a copywriter. I needed to hear that. I want to be a PT, but I also have strong skills in writing and editing, and I am thinking to myself “Well, if I become a PT. I wont be able to use my writing or editing skills to help anyone.” Its just something I am good at and seeing that you can eventually do both is awesome!

    My question to you is what are some career paths you can take if you go the sports physical therapy route, and do you have any articles or resources on that topic? I would love to explore a little more in that area. I have considered getting a writing job in the past. As a pre-pt can I still get a writing side job or gig or do I need to be focusing on getting the clinic hours and just getting into PT school? Thanks for your help. I hope to hear from you

    Wes

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Wesley!
      Thank you so much for your comment and kind words. I’m so happy you’re considering options outside of the clinic, even as a pre-PT. It’s so important to consider these things, because life happens, and even if you want to stay in the clinic long-term, that might not be possible.

      Because you have a knack for writing and editing, you’ll definitely have some opportunities. I’d recommend starting early. If you do want to go into sports PT, start making connections as soon as possible and start publishing articles on sites whose topics resonate with your interests. NewGradPhysicalTherapy sometimes accepts posts from pre-PTs, but Pre-PT Grind itself might, too. You might also want to reach out to The Student Physical Therapist.

      I’d also start your own blog. You can look at The Curly Clinician to get an idea of some things you can do to start making a name/brand for yourself starting today 🙂

      Good luck and please keep in touch! Thanks again for reaching out.

  9. Brandon Del Boccio

    Hey Meredith,

    Thank you for the very informative article! I was curious if you are solely involved in writing or if you have any connections in the medical sales industry? Was hoping to get involved in this field but have no connections or contacts to help. Any advice or if you know someone I could contact would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks Again,
    Brandon

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Brandon! Thank you so much for commenting. I’m glad the article was helpful 🙂 I will email you directly, as I do have some contacts in the sales industry. I’ll be in touch!

  10. I have recently become interested in the possibility of some sort of consulting in regards to building/home planning or maybe even town planning to make things more accessible/walkable/ergonomically appropriate. My entire PT career has been in geriatrics (home health and SNF with experience in outpatient as well) and I feel like I have a lot to offer in this regard. I have been casually looking, but I honestly have NO idea where to even start. So, I feel like I am just sort of aimless at the moment. Any direction you can give would be appreciated. Thanks!

  11. The largest part of my background is geriatrics (mostly SNF and Home health). I have recently become interested in Home/building design and even potentially city planning to make them more accessible/walkable/ergonomically efficient, but have no idea where to start. I think a PT would be perfect in this role. I have been casually researching it but feel pretty fruitless in my search. Any direction would be appreciated.
    *i tried to post something similar earlier but it wouldn’t work, so if it double posted, I apologize.

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Milli! Thanks for your post. Please be on the lookout for a guest post soon…it’s by an OT who has started a home modification business 🙂 I do think that’s an excellent role for PTs and OTs, and am eager to see more of us going in that direction in the upcoming years. One thing to consider is how important it is to network with builders, contractors, and other development professionals. Maybe consider getting some business cards printed and attending a few meetups and networking groups, just to start getting your name out there! Keep in touch, and check back regularly for the guest post!

  12. Hi Meredith,

    Thanks for writing this article, it’s just what I was looking for! I am a PT with tons of pediatrics experience. I’d like to transition to working from home now that I have a new baby. Even if i still need child care, I’d prefer to stay at home. Any ideas on how I can get started looking for UR jobs specifically for Peds where I can work from home?

    1. Meredith Castin

      Thanks for the comment, Carmen! That’s a very specific niche: peds and work-from-home. I know Cenpatico was hiring for that several years ago, but I don’t know if they’re still looking. I’m going to be releasing an article on UR soon, so I’ll be doing research on who’s hiring. Stay tuned!

  13. Bronwyn Haviland

    I am currently a PTA going on 10 years in the field, and stumbled across your site looking for non clinical jobs. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! you have no idea how desperately I have been trying to get out of the clinical side, and now you have given me hope.

    1. Same here
      Thank you so much for the great article I’m encouraged I’ve practiced PT for 11years n feeling the burn out also looking for ideas on non PT jobs

  14. Martino Corbellini Bressan

    Hi Meredith!
    Thank you so much for your work! You’re really inspiring!
    I was struggling when I realised that the clinical side wasn’t for me…now I feel full of hopes again!
    Greeting from Italy!

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Martino! Thank you so much for the comment and the kind words! I would love to learn more about what it’s like as a PT/physio in Italy! I’m glad you’re feeling inspired 🙂

  15. Meredith Castin

    Hi Laura! It really depends on the company. Most are still in their infancy, so it will be tough to find a really solid benefits package, but in a few years, I anticipate you’ll find much better options. The nice thing is you’re getting in on the ground floor when you start now…but that also means you’re not going to get the most stable setup with benefits, etc. Hope that helps! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  16. Hello from Germany!

    I am a licensed physical therapist in Nevada and currently practice in Leipzig Germany. I am licensed also her in Germany and would like to know which Telehealth companies you recommend. I am very interested in this career path. Any information would be appreciated as I have found nothing worth noting from Mr. Google.

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Ryan! Thank you so much for commenting. I don’t have much insight to any of the telehealth companies, other than Physera. I know the clinical program manager there, and the company has been growing quickly and hiring. They seem like a really great group! So, if I had to recommend one, it would probably be them! Keep me posted on your progress! That would be so great to treat NV patients remotely from Germany!

    1. Hi,
      Thanks for the article. It was really nice to read the article. Can you enlighten about some more options, as you said in one of the reply that there are many more. Especially I want to know about occupational health and safety. This area seems interesting but I don’t have any idea how to go about it. I will be thankful if you can help me out.

      1. Meredith Castin

        Hi Novina! Thanks for the nice words! I cover many more options in my course (nonclinical101.com), and as far as occupational health and safety go, you can certainly pursue those routes, but will likely need formalized health/safety training (OSHA courses, etc.) You can also consider home modifications, which would take you in more of an entrepreneurial direction. Reach out anytime with more questions!

  17. Just stumbled upon your article and it is very eye opening. I enjoy hands on work and thought PT would be the right choice for me, but it is not quite what I expected. Id like to get into contracting for home modifications for accessibility but dont know where to start. I think it would be the best of both worlds for me.

  18. Hi there! I am very happy I found your article and website… very resourceful. I am a PT licensed in MI state but currently staying in TX. I am looking into non-clinical opportunities that I can do either remotely/ from home or onsite if available locally. Do you know of any established companies that do tele- PT?
    I am also interested in clinical reviewing. Do you know any companies that allow you to work remotely?
    Thank you very much.

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Malathi! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, and for your kind words! You can find a list of telehealth companies in this article, and other companies that sometimes allow remote work (utilization review) include Anthem, Blue Cross, United Healthcare, EviCore, and Aetna. If you follow each website and check regularly for jobs, you should see many options popping up. Best of luck! Please let me know if you have questions 🙂

  19. Hi Meredith!
    Thank you so much for a fabulous article! You provide many great resources and ideas. I am. Pediatric PT with 20+ years of experience in multiple settings. I’d love to continue to diversify and stay relevant while sharing my knowledge with others. What do you feel are some untapped areas for someone like me? Please feel free to email me directly. I’d love to chat with you more!

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Lauri! There are so many areas for you to explore! I see a lot of job postings looking for people who have worked with kids with disabilities. The job titles vary widely, though, so it’s tough to say exactly which titles to pursue. Keep an eye on your favorite companies and set up job alerts so you can see what they have open. I hope this helps! I’ll send you a direct email, too 🙂

  20. I was so happy to find this site today. I have been struggling with regret over my decision to become a PT and feeling like I need a change to a nonclinical role. Your information will be very helpful for me as I figure out my next steps! I am really interested in the utilization review pathway. Thank you for putting this out there!

  21. Hi…thank you for the work you’re doing…I recently trained for a specialty area after burnout in home care and acute care over 20 years…but I am really not passionate about it. I feel very indebted to my facility for the training expenses (I’ve been in the same health care system since 1996 in all these capacities ), so anticipate giving it a real go for a couple of years but perhaps a side hustle is in order. As I go on in life I realize what I have always loved is just spending time with people. ..especially elderly..hearing their life stories and providing tlc. I need to find a way to make that onto a living 🙂

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Laura!
      Thank you so much for commenting and sharing your perspective. I agree; that was always my favorite thing about patient care, too! As someone who has chosen not to have children, I often wonder who will listen to me prattle on as an older adult…hahaha…I am known as quite the “Chatty Cathy,” so I legitimately wonder those things :). I sometimes imagine there will be a new type of care coordinator/patient advocate that emerges over the years: someone who cares to hear our party-hearty stories from our youth, but can also help us with navigating the aging process in our broken healthcare system 🙂 I do see more and more rehab/clinical liaison and care coordination opportunities opening up; perhaps you’d make a good fit for one of those? Thanks again for the note! Best of luck with whatever you do!

  22. Thank you for this website. I feel more at ease knowing I’m not the only one struggling with wanting to be a NON-clinical PT. Motherhood + a couple terrible bosses has made me completely disinterested in ever returning to the clinical setting….but I have so much school debt…Thankful to see resources for alternative jobs but still in the same field.
    Again, thank you!

  23. Love the article! As it turns out I presently work for ReWalk as a Business Development Manager and basically (without knowing it) went through the pathway you just described, from clinical and into the tech industry! I’ll say it is VERY competitive, and employers want to know you are willing to take a leap of faith from the 9-5 treating paradigm to a totally different career model.

    That said, the journey has been amazing. I’ve quickly become in tuned with the world of medical technology and its utterly fascinating. Plus there is a rush I get when our robotics are utilized by that perfect person who reaps all the benefits from it. Lots to look forward to in the time ahead, and am grateful to see others who are looking to lateralize their clinical skillsets and applications. I’d love to chat more if there was ever interest!

  24. Hi, Meredith. Great Article.
    Just few questions.
    With out doing a compliance course from the Medbridge on UR / CR is it still possible to get a job as an UR/CR with the insurance companies and also I mostly see those job openings for nurses. For going into tutoring is it necessary to have DPT? Since I am just a PT in TX state.

    Thanks for the article once again.

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi! Thank you so much for the kind words. You can definitely get a UR/CR role without the MB courses 🙂 And for tutoring, you don’t need a DPT, but it does depend what you want to teach, and in which setting. I hope this helps! Thanks again for the comment!

  25. Meredith,
    You may very well be a light in the darkness. 10+yrs as a physical therapist, experience across all settings, and a strong background in home care. I have the constant thought that 1) I’m being held back by the constraints of our (changing/failing?) healthcare system, and 2) I’m never going to be appropriately compensated for my clinical and interpersonal skills because therapy is not a performance based salary model. At the risk of sounding pompous, I know I am worth far more than the yearly 1-3% raises that we only SOMETIMES receive.

    Hear me out, because I have a very important question at the end of this…

    I had thoughts about being what you might consider a home safety consultant/educator. This service would offer falls/balance screenings (and recommend formal NSG/therapy services as appropriate), educate on fall risk reduction strategies, complete home safety evals and recommend modifications, and also provide education to caregivers and/or caregiver agencies regarding body mechanics, positioning, transfer techniques, use of assistive devices, etc.

    Here is my question: Do you think there is a feasible way to market these services when there is such a strong overlap with the type of services an individual might receive from a formal PT evaluation?

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Mike!
      Thank you for the kind words, and for taking the time to comment. Incidentally, lots of PTs score 3s on the enneagram test. That’s “the achiever.” No wonder so many get frustrated by the lack of growth and lack of performance-based incentives. Many people find that non-clinical roles offer the growth and upward mobility that they inherently crave.

      I do think that a home safety consultant/universal design consultant/home modifications expert is a great role for both OTs and PTs. What you’re describing sounds like a blend of home health wellness and home modifications. Love the idea! A few considerations: are you going to be private pay or insurance-based? Are you planning to work with an existing corporation or be on your own. These answers can help you better assess how viable the idea is. You’re right. The overlap is the rub, because Medicare will not let us PTs charge cash to Medicare recipients for services that are already covered by Medicare. But I think it’s a wonderful thought, and really would love to see more people thinking this way!

      I hope this helps! Reach out anytime with more questions. – Meredith

  26. Hi Meredith,
    This is such a great site and exactly the type of information that should be provided DURING therapy school. I’m curious if you could offer any advice in starting an online CEU business. More specifically, how do you obtain the content, and how do you actually get that content accredited for use towards CEUs in one or more states?

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Janelle!
      Thank you so much for the kind words. I agree that this type of material should be taught during school! We are working to get a special interest group started in the APTA, so stay tuned for that! I am hoping AOTA and ASHA are open to something similar. If you’d like to start your own CEU business, you’ll want to check with each state in your profession to find out specific requirements for getting CEUs accepted. Each state varies, so it’s a process getting certification for each state. That said, it’s very possible. YOu’ll likely want to start with a single course on a platform like teachable, and apply to each state separately. There are probably other hosting platforms out there, but I know and use teachable. The hard part is applying through each state. It is possible, though, so I hope you go for it! The more unique CEU providers we have out there, the better! I hope this helps! Best of luck, and keep in touch!

  27. I need to really say thank you to you – my father is a doctorate of rehabilitation sciences but had a stroke 10 years ago and has had an enormously hard time finding a job as a physical therapist because of it. Websites like this can hopefully allow him to get back on his feet and get some more control of his life. Thank you thank you thank you!

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Keith!
      Thank you so much for the note and your kind words. I’m so sorry about what happened to your dad. Please let him know he can reach out to me directly anytime, and I’ll be happy to speak with him and help in any way I can. Thanks again for the note, and keep in touch!

  28. Mujeeb ur Rahman

    i never wanted to be a pt but like an accident it happend for me to get in to that.now after graduation although my classmates are working and im sitting home how to get rid of this i found ur website and after reading your suggestion i think that might help me generate some idea.but i think ur suggested lines are still very close to use the physiotherapy which is not called career change.

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Mujeeb!
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, I strive to cover career paths that are still well within the scope of what PTs (and OTs and SLPs and assistants) do, so we need minimal additional training (if any) to make the transition 🙂 Thanks again! Keep us posted on your journey! – Meredith

  29. Hey Meredith! I must say, very thoughtful of you to come up with such an informative post. Glad to know that we as PTs are not only restricted to clinics. Looking forward to be a part of the Facebook group.

  30. Hi Jan,
    My name is Neena. I had done physical therapy from India and licensed there. But now I am in USA. My credentials all evaluated here in NY and all are equivalent here. But I have not taken a license examination. If I want to get a job with out my license ,what kind of jobs I can apply here. I am so sad that I have this physical therapy degree but do not know what else I can work with or apply for. Your explanations and answers to all others were really good and leading. Please give me also any idea. thank you so much

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Neena! Thanks for your comment. You have several options: sales, recruiting, and content development/marketing are all areas that don’t require an active PT license to get started. Within each of those fields, there are plenty of types of roles you could fill. I hope this helps! Thanks again for your comment, and keep in touch!

  31. Just wanted to let you know the teaching thing isn’t nearly as easy as you make it sound. You mush and at least your DPT and then you will be making much less than in the clinic and much less than tenure track faculty with a PhD. As for community colleagues…one would think the PT degree would be enough…but you also need a masters degree in whatever you’ll be teaching (a and p, biomechanics, etc.) our shortage of PTs is going wi worsen in part because were lacking staff! Crazy hamster wheel

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Lori!

      Thank you so much for weighing in. Our profession is certainly in interesting times! I have noticed some trends following clinical work into the education world: hiring adjuncts instead of full-time professors and paying them less (equivalent to hiring PRNs instead of FT-clinicians). I’m curious where you live! I’m in Southern California, and there’s a pretty saturated market here, but I know there are still major shortages in other parts of the country. Thanks again for your insight! – Meredith

  32. Great article!!! Having been a PT for over 30 years in various settings (home-care the longest) , I have become so bored with it. Definitely looking for non clinical positions. What interests me is the research portions or even telehealth . I am going to check it out. Good look with your writings.

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Pearl! Thank you so much for the kind words. With 30 years of experience, you would be a great asset in the telehealth world…research, too! Please keep me posted on your journey, and best of luck!

  33. I was interested in your article because I have been a PTA for 25 years and would like to make a change. I don’t seem to have as much patients as I use to and it weighs on me at times. I hesitate to change because I can’t afford to take a big loss financially. I enjoy working with my hands and would like to find a field that I can bridge with physical therapy. It is nice to know that other people feel the same as I do.

  34. This article is a breath of fresh air. I graduated PT school in 2017 and just didn’t have the same love for the profession that I thought I would have. I’m just not invested, as much as would love to be, in the profession. I don’t have a license so all I have is my doctorate, DPT. I’ve been thinking about doing some teaching– as I always loved tutoring students in my PT program. I’ll have to look into some of these options, thank you. However, with teaching at a university level, wouldn’t you need more experience with teaching to be able to do that or have some sort of certification?

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Mackenzie! Thank you so much for the kind words. I understand your feelings, too! As far as teaching goes, you might want to look into teaching at the community college level. In order to teach at the university or DPT level, you’ll probably need additional credentials (including the PT license), but a community college might not have the same requirements. Each state has its own rules and regulations for teachers (sound familiar? lol!), so you’ll want to take a look at your state’s requirements to see what will work best for you. Best of luck and please reach out anytime! – Meredith

  35. Anytime I encounter someone who wants to be a physical therapist, I try my very best to talk them out of it. It’s a shame that we are bright people who work so hard to get into a program only to find out that there isn’t much at all in the way of upward mobility or pay or variety. I realized that during my first internship. So I went back to business school, which opened up a lot more doors for me. I don’t know why other fields don’t give clinicians more of a chance because we are obviously intelligent and driven. We have many transferable skills, but in my experience if you want to get out of healthcare completely, you need to ramp up your computer and finance skills. Yes, there is always sales, but smart people like variety, and sales doesn’t provide anymore variety than PT does.

  36. I just added to my last post but somehow it got deleted so here is a brief summary…. If you don’t mind working weekends look into working for a new homebuilder like Lennar, Pulte , Toll Brothers, etc. You would start off as a sales associate which pays OK but when you become a sales manager you can make pretty good money. You can throw away the scrubs and put on your cute outfits! Builders are just looking for great people who are friendly and conscientious. So spin your resume to UN-highlight your clinical skills, and Highlight your marketing and sales skills. After all, our patients are buying “us”… And we have to meet quotas for our companies, so you’ve already BEEN selling! :). I know you can get hired in this field… If you have questions on how to tailor your resume feel free to reach out to me. Good luck!

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