Non-Clinical Jobs for Physical Therapists

Wondering, “What else can I do with a physical therapy degree?” Or are you finding yourself googling “I don’t want to be a physical therapist anymore”? If you’re looking for non-clinical physical therapy jobs, alternative physical/occupational/speech therapy careers, or creative ways to leverage your degree and experience, you’ve come to the right place! A career change from physical therapy IS possible.

As we all know, a physical therapy degree (or an occupational therapy or speech-language pathology degree) is not obtained easily! It takes time, money, effort, and maybe a few tears. Once you get done with school and start to practice, it can be an enormous letdown if you’re not feeling satisfied. Some PTs are frustrated by insurance limitations, while others find patient care draining (emotionally or physically…or both).

Some PTs simply don’t enjoy treating patients, while others wish they could swap that physical therapy degree for a business or marketing degree.

The same holds true for professionals in all rehabilitation fields. Rehab degrees make you work for them, and they’re very costly.

Why I’m writing about non-clinical physical therapy job ideas

I believe if you’re unhappy in your chosen field, you shouldn’t feel stuck. I wrote this article to shed light on some of the existing non-clinical job options out there, but I know 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 8 alternative careers for physical therapists:

1. Education or tutoring

Physical therapists make excellent educators. Our jobs entail educating patients, caregivers, families, and other healthcare professionals every single day. Education is a natural transition for many physical therapists.

This might come as no surprise to you; education is one of the few accepted established 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 Allied Health Education to teach webinars from home!


  • 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.


  • 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.

Nicole Tombers, PT, DPT, does a great job of explaining the options for rehab professionals pursuing jobs in education in this article.

How to get there

Here are some basic steps that will help you on your path to finding non-clinical jobs as an educator:

1. Take some coursework around teaching/education

I recommend the following courses to boost your resume a bit, and to help you get a better idea of whether teaching/tutoring is even right for you.


Higher education

  • Here’s a list of online higher education degrees – They’re expensive, and you might not need them, but if you don’t have a DPT, they might make your resume look better. Frankly, I’d take the route of landing a lab assistant role and working your way in that way, rather than spending the money on these.
  • If you decide to go for a degree in education, here’s a complete list of the most affordable online education degrees out there!

2. Update your resume and LinkedIn profile

Take inventory of any sort of leadership or education roles you’ve held. If you’ve been a CI, tutored during PT school, mentored as a big brother or big sister, etc., take note of it and highlight it on your resume. Change your LinkedIn headline to read something along the lines of “Physical therapist seeking teaching and education opportunities.”

3. Network

Start networking with other education professionals. Join Facebook groups for clinicians who are aspiring educators. Go to meetups and put the feelers out to others from your class who have gone on to educational roles. Take education-focused con-ed courses.

4. Get in touch with your alumni association

Let your school know that you’re interested in educational roles. Tell them that you’d appreciate any connections they have in your area. Work your network. You may be surprised how willing your school is to help you.

5. Look for adjunct teaching roles, lab assistant roles, or any other part-time/PRN education roles in your area of expertise

Don’t be afraid to look into remote, online, or junior college-level roles.

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

2. Clinical reviewing or utilization review

In the past, clinical reviewing was performed largely by nurses. Today, physical, occupational, and speech therapists are seeking non-clinical jobs which entail reviewing other therapists’ clinical notes and determining whether the therapists’ treatments were justified.

Clinical reviewers (also known as physical therapy reviewers) typically work for rehab companies, and they’re employed to review notes and educate staff members on appropriate billing; they may not be required to decline charges. Utilization reviewers might work for insurance companies themselves. They review charts, too, but they’ll likely face more pressure to decline treatments.

These 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’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.


  • 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.

How to get there

Here are a few steps to becoming a utilization reviewer:

1. Take some relevant con-ed 

  • MedBridge offers plenty of compliance courses that will beef up your resume nicely when you start searching for jobs.
  • Utilization Management – This course is offered by, but it specifically welcomes all disciplines to take it. You won’t receive CEU credits, but your resume will look incredible

2. Get to know the APTA’s Utilization Management Toolkit 

Read it over, download the resources, and add those buzzwords to your resume and cover letter!

3. Volunteer to audit charts at your current job

If you’ve been point person during hospital audits, or if you’ve been the one tasked to go through charts for accuracy, that will look excellent on your resume and make great talking points for your interview!

4. Update your resume and LinkedIn profile

Take inventory of any sort of auditing, compliance, or detail-oriented roles you’ve held. If you’ve been point person during hospital audits, or if you’ve been the one tasked to go through charts for accuracy, make sure that you list those responsibilities on your resume and LinkedIn profile. Change your LinkedIn headline to read something along the lines of “Seeking clinical reviewer/utilization reviewer roles.”

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5. Network

Start networking with other compliance professionals. Go to meetups and put the feelers out to others from your class who have gone on to CR/UR roles. Pick their brains to find out how they landed their roles. Take compliance-focused con-ed courses and add them to your resume.

6. Reach out to current and former employers

Let them know that you’re interested in auditing and compliance roles. If you left on good terms, it’s always helpful to put the bug in their ear that you’re looking.

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

3. Industry/technology

Ever thought of working with robots? Neither had I, until I started chatting with a few physical therapists who have gone that route. With companies like ReWalk and suitX out there, tons of physical therapists are being hired as clinical trainers, marketers, consultants, and more!

Our backgrounds make us incredible assets to robotics companies in particular. As these organizations create technology to help SCI patients more mobile, PTs’ input is crucial. 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

How to get there

Here are some steps that will help you on your path to finding non-clinical jobs in tech.

1. Sign up for AngelList

AngelList is a website where tech startups post roles. Check out roles in sales, account management, and content (to get your foot in the door.) Helpful hint: also search for roles with the keyphrase “clinical background.”

2. Update your resume and LinkedIn profile

Take inventory of any sort of tech roles you’ve held. If you’ve managed social media accounts, been instrumental in the move from paper to electronic charting, or otherwise participated in tech-focused work, list it! Don’t be afraid to highlight your clinical background–this is what will make you stand out!

3. Network

Start networking with groups that interest you. Considering work in robotics? Join every robotics group you can find. Ensure you print up some business cards at Vista Print so people remember you!

4. Get in touch with your alumni association

Let your school know that you’re interested in tech and innovation roles. Tell them that you’d appreciate any connections they have in your area.

5. Attend a healthcare hackathon 

Hackathons are 48-hour events designed to tackle issues in healthcare, technology, and other industries, and people form small teams to create solutions to said issues. Trust me, you want to do one.

Here’s a link to all hackathons, but seek out a healthcare-specific one in your area, if at all possible. It’s a great way to network, understand what roles are open in tech, and see what appeals to you.

6. Follow the right companies on LinkedIn and AngelList and apply for roles as they pop up.

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Many of the newer tech and/or startup companies are eager to have people like you on board.

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

4. Recruiting

Recruiting is an incredible career path for rehab professionals. Recruiters work with employers and rehab professionals, trying to ensure a good match for a position. For example, you might work as a healthcare recruiter for execu|search, 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.

How to get there

Here are some steps that will help you find non-clinical jobs in recruiting.

  1. Start by working with a company like Relode: You can become an agent with NO experience, and can start working your network by seeing if you can place people you know into open jobs. This will tell you a lot about whether you’re going to enjoy recruiting. Use this link to get started with Relode and try your hand at recruiting!!
  2. Network: Be sure to keep in touch with everyone possible. Go to any and all PT conferences and conventions. Get people’s cards, including employers. Be open about the fact that you’re a born connector, and express interest in recruiting when you speak with companies at conferences.
  3. Update your LinkedIn profile and resume: This is one case where the more places you’ve worked, the better. That means you know more eligible therapists.
  4. Start applying to companies: You can take the approach of applying to job listings on Indeed, or you can start contacting companies like FYZICAL and tell them you read about them on The Non-Clinical PT. Let them know that you’re interested in recruiting roles and see what happens!
  5. Don’t bomb your healthcare recruiter interview! The linked article will help you with that, don’t worry 🙂


  • 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.


  • 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.

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

5. 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.

How to get there

I already wrote an extremely comprehensive article: How to launch a non-clinical career as a copywriter. Be sure to take a look when you have a moment.

Here’s are some steps that will help you find non-clinical jobs as a copywriter.

1. Take a copywriting course:

I recommend the following online/remote courses for aspiring medical and health copywriters:

      • Breaking into Health Writing – This course is awesome. It’s everything that a new or aspiring copywriter needs to understand how to actually start writing. It’s the types of writing that are out there (medical vs. marketing vs. health, etc.) It’s what you need to make an actual plan to get there. Highly recommend.
        [Get 10% off this course! Enter this code at checkout: TNPT]
      • Getting Started With Freelance Writing This class is not specific to health writers, so you might find it a bit less relevant to your needs, but it’s still excellent for someone looking to write on more topics than just healthcare and medicine.
      • The Complete Freelance Writing Course – This course is comprehensive and covers pretty much everything you’ll need to become a freelance writer, including how to find work/where to find work, how to set up a website, how to market yourself, etc. It gets excellent reviews.

breaking into health writing

2. Start writing:

Volunteer to write for friends’ websites, start a blog, or create an online journal.

Make sure your writing is grammatically and syntactically correct, as well as free from spelling errors.

Check out our grammar guide for health writers!

3. Create an online portfolio:

Your writing is only meaningful when people can find it! Create an online portfolio either on your own website, or use a pre-made site. I use

4. Work with a recruiter:

You’ll get higher rates for your work, not to mention better roles, if you work with recruiters from staffing agencies. I’ve worked with the fantastic Aleya Malacane from Creative Circle, as well as the fabulous Jamie Neal from Chat up your recruiter and find out what they want in health copywriters. It could be your resume, cover letter, or online portfolio needs tweaking.

5. Be patient:

Becoming a professional copywriter takes time and heaps of patience. It took me about two years to find stable, satisfying work as a full-time copywriter. It was worth the wait, but it did not come easily. Try working per diem and gradually transition out of patient care.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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

6. Sales, marketing, and clinical/rehab liaison

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!

Turns out that I was right! I will be releasing several spotlights on sales reps in the next few weeks, so stay tuned. But basically, it’s a huge industry. Your role will vary greatly.

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 🙂

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.

Rehab Liaison Job Seeker Starter Pack: Resume, Cover letter, Interview Prep

How to get there

Here are some steps that will help you find non-clinical jobs in sales and marketing.

1. Take relevant coursework: 

By taking simple, inexpensive online courses, you can get a better idea of whether you’re right for sales or marketing, get an idea of the lingo you’ll need for your interviews, and have some extra icing for the cake that is your resume 🙂

Here are some of the best courses to get started in sales:

  • Sales Bootcamp – It’s short, online, and inexpensive. And it’s a really good course. I’d start here if you’re considering sales.
  • Grow Sales – This course is great for entrepreneurs and aspiring salespeople with entrepreneurial spirits. It’s a bit longer than the above course, so be sure you have a few hours to delve into the material.
  • Practical Sales Skills for Anyone – This course is awesome for someone brand new to sales. I love that they cover interviewing skills, and how each interview is an opportunity to sell yourself to your potential employer.

Here are some of the best courses to get started in marketing:

  • Marketing Fundamentals – This course is an awesome, quick, and inexpensive overview of what marketing really is. How it differs from sales and terms that you’ll need for your interview and your new career.
  • Marketing Project Management – I love this course because it’s perfect for a PT transitioning into a marketing role. It covers entry-level project management principles used in marketing, so you can talk the talk in your new career (and the interviews to get you there)!
  • Marketing Strategy and Social Media Marketing Master Class – If you plan to have a website, run a website, or build your own business, you need this class.

2. Update your LinkedIn profile and resume:

Sales jobs are generally very numbers-driven and quota-based. That’s good for some folks, and not so good for others. If you choose to pursue sales roles, be sure to list any productivity numbers you’ve exceeded, as well as any times you’ve overshot quotas or managed relationships with clients.

3. Network:

This is huge for sales and marketing roles. You’ll want to really work those connections. AngelList is a great place to look for sales jobs with startups, while in-person networking events and cold outreach to company websites/LinkedIn contacts (or in-person career fairs) works well for larger companies.

4. Apply to jobs:

Start putting yourself out there and applying to jobs. Work your network and hit the search engines. Much of sales and marketing jobs is who you know so, again, don’t be afraid to reach out and connect with people you already know, or connect via LinkedIn.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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

7. Entrepreneurship

I am so excited to include this on the list! There are SO many physical and occupational 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 and smartphones, PTs 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.

How to get there

The best way to become an entrepreneur is to learn from other entrepreneurs, but here are some steps to help you along your path.

  1. Study your industry carefully, and identify a need: The guys at Pre-PT Grind identified a strong need for guidance and mentorship in the pre-PT community, so they created an organization to meet that need.
  2. Find a mentor: Identify folks who are doing things that are close to what you’re hoping to do, and make friends with them. Buy them dinner and pick their brains. Beg for 20 minutes on the phone and land a stellar informational interview. Network as much as possible in your areas of interest. If you see someone on the spotlights on this site, reach out to them!
  3. Attend a hack-a-thon: More to come on this topic, but if you’re looking to innovate, you absolutely have to attend a hack-a-thon. It’s a great way to network and connect with other like-minded entrepreneurial types.


  • 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.


  • 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 folks in entrepreneurial roles!

8. Telehealth PT

telehealth PT

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. 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!

How to get there

The best way to become an entrepreneur is to learn from other entrepreneurs, but here are some steps to help you along your path.

  1. Become licensed in the states in which you want to provide care: In order to treat remotely, you need to be licensed in the state where your patient is receiving treatment. Obviously, if you’re licensed in all 50 states, you’ll have the most options for patient acquisition, but we all know that’s cost prohibitive (not to mention, a total pain in the rump!). You can sign up for the PT compact, though, and get a single license that allows you to treat in multiple states.
  2. Familiarize yourself with technology: Even if you work for a telehealth company, you won’t do well as a telePT if you aren’t at least a little tech savvy!
  3. Join a telehealth residency program: If you want to fly solo, there’s a lot to take in, so I strongly recommend joining a telehealth residency program like this one offered by Rob Vining, a telehealth thought leader. The Non-Clinical PT readers save 20% with code nonclinical20.


  • 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.


  • 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 spotlight below to learn more about a telehealth pioneer!

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

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

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

74 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

  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 🙂

      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. 🙂

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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.

    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


    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,

    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 (, 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!

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