remote physical therapy jobs, remote occupational therapy jobs, and remote SLP jobs

Remote (Work From Home) PT, OT, and SLP Jobs

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Let’s face it: physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology are extremely demanding jobs. You’re up in patients’ faces, day in and day out. You often develop an achy back. People complain. COVID deniers cough in your face. It gets real old, real fast.

The silver lining to this pandemic-fueled shakeup is that it’s very possible to land remote physical therapy jobs. And yep…there are plenty of remote occupational therapy jobs and remote speech-language pathology jobs out there, too!

And, if you’re feeling pretty done with patient care altogether, you’ll be pleased to know that your options expand far, far beyond telehealth. If you’re willing to think outside the box a bit, you can work from home as a PT, OT, or SLP professional in all sorts of different career paths.

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WHY look for remote physical, occupational, and speech therapy jobs?

Do I really need to answer this question? 🙂

Chances are, you found this article because you Googled some iteration of the following terms:

  • Remote physical therapy jobs
  • Remote occupational therapy jobs
  • Work from home physical therapy jobs
  • Virtual physical therapy jobs
  • Virtual SLP jobs
  • Work from home SLP jobs
  • Remote SLP jobs
  • Work from home occupational therapy jobs

Oh yes, I’m verrrrrrry familiar with Googling those terms…often desperately, bathed in the light of my laptop at 2 am as I dreaded going into work the next day. Yep, I searched for remote PT jobs a-plenty when I was first trying to write my next chapter! But articles like this one didn’t exist back then, so I really had no idea where to start.

NOBODY can blame you for wanting to work from home. Pandemic aside (will this thing ever end?!), direct patient care is exhausting. Simply having to be “on” all day can be taxing, especially when it feels like the world has hit a fever pitch of intolerance and impatience.

True, the highs of being in a clinic and directly working with patients may be higher than any other job—but the daily grind can wear on you. It’s no surprise that so many clinicians find themselves wanting a change from going into the clinic or hospital each day. After long days of one-on-one interaction coupled with physically and emotionally demanding work, we can get PRETTY JEALOUS when we see “work from home” policies in other industries!

As I said above, though, there’s a really big, fat, thick silver lining right now after all of this pandemic-fueled chaos. Some form of remote work seems here to stay for most industries. Woohoo!

That means that remote and work-from-home jobs for physical, occupational, and speech therapists are not only out there—they’re growing in popularity!

I wrote this article to help you explore the PT, OT, and SLP roles that most frequently let you work from home. This is just a general overview, as there are many more opportunities than just the ones below. However, for now, we’ll cover:

  • What each career path is (what type of remote physical therapy/occupational therapy/SLP work is involved)
  • Pros and cons of that type of work
  • How to get started in that type of role
Work from home (remote) physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy jobs

10 remote jobs for physical, occupational, and speech therapy professionals:

1. Telehealth

telehealth work from home physical therapy jobs

Let’s start with the obvious one. I know, I know. I just said there’s more out there, but hear me out.

Telehealth PT, OT, and SLP jobs are all skyrocketing in popularity, and with good reason. While some areas of the country are saturated with therapy providers, there are still huge swaths of the nation that are underserved. I’ve heard this called “PT deserts.” There simply aren’t the clinicians needed to fully serve that population.

Telehealth enables providers to reach those underserved populations, and it also lets them focus on what they do best: educate. Plus, telehealth providers can do this without the physical burden of direct patient care.

More and more companies are emerging with solutions to help practitioners practice remotely in two different ways: independently and by joining established teletherapy companies.

Even as we enter year three of COVID dramatically impacting our lives, there aren’t many formalized rules and regulations about providing teletherapy. There was quite a bit of temporary legislation going on in 2020, helping to enable patient to safely see providers via telehealth. However, the future of reimbursement, legality, HIPAA requirements, and all that fun stuff is still somewhat up in the air.

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At the end of the day, telehealth might not take over in-person care (and that’s a good thing), but you can certainly expect it to forge ahead in some way or another. Some companies use PTs in more of a supervisory role, while “health coaches” and “trainers” and “exercise specialists” do much of the one-on-one work with patients. Other companies take a more tech-driven model, using artificial intelligence and/or virtual reality to More and more states are joining the PT license compact, which provides reciprocal licensure for therapists licensed in member states. I should note that telehealth PT providers must treat patients who are located in states in which the practitioner is licensed.

Pros

  • Opportunity: Anytime you enter a field in its early stages, there are tons of opportunities to grow professionally. Even if you enjoy the idea of telepractice, you might find that you want to pursue a leadership role, such as a clinical program manager or director of operations job, within the telehealth world. Companies are so new that there are plenty of ways to stand out and rise quickly through the ranks, even if you start out with a clinical title like digital health PT at Hinge.
  • Easy transition: As long as you’re comfortable providing care without relying too much on manual therapy, you’ll make an easy transition into the world of teletherapy.
  • High hourly pay: Teletherapy jobs are known for offering high hourly pay, which is great if you’re looking for a lucrative PRN-style role. I will say, since telehealth became more popular during the pandemic, hourly pay hasn’t been looking quite as high, but it is easier to find full-time work than it used to be 🙂

Cons

  • Reimbursement concerns: As we all know, insurance is frustrating and confusing—but many of us are still stuck in the model of relying on it. Until cash-based therapy becomes the norm, or Medicare leads the way with reimbursements, this will continue to limit how quickly this niche grows. As I mentioned, COVID has created even more murkiness because there are some of these temporary rules and laws (states-specific AND insurance-specific, what fun!) out there that enable reimbursement for care…but who knows when things will change?
  • Inconsistent hours and spotty benefits: While it’s easier than before to find full-time work in telehealth, many positions are still PRN or part-time. Yes, that means a higher hourly rate in most cases, but if you need full-time work, you might be out of luck.
  • Assistants don’t have as many options: I’m happy to say that assistants have more options than they did when I first wrote this article, but you’ll still have more opportunities in telehealth if you’re a PT, OT, or SLP vs. an assistant.

Best places to find telehealth PT, OT, and SLP jobs:

  • The Non-Clinical PT free email list: Most Sundays, I blast out non-clinical job opportunities, many of which are remote!
  • Companies’ own websites: You’ll find roles on sites like indeed, but the competition is fierce. You’re better of setting reminders on companies’ sites so you’re alerted early and get first dibs. I’ve linked an article below, where you can see listings of telehealth PT companies hiring therapists.
  • FlexJobs: You will need to join this site and pay a low monthly or weekly membership fee, but they vet all the jobs they list so you know you’re accessing only legit, high-quality telehealth positions.

» Learn more about telehealth in my article: Telehealth Physical Therapy: Everything You Need to Know and in this article I wrote for OT Potential, Telehealth Occupational Therapy
» Read about tips for providing effective school-based telehealth.

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2. Blogging

Blogging work from home physical therapy jobs

If you enjoy reading sites like The Non-Clinical PT, Pink Oatmeal, OT Potential, or Seniors Flourish, you’re a blog enthusiast! And, if you happen to enjoy writing and have a bit of an entrepreneurial edge to you, you might really enjoy the freedom and flexibility of working as a therapy blogger.

Personally, I think the best remote physical therapy job out there is blogging. At least for me.

I’m partial to this career path because, as you probably imagine, I make a significant chunk of my income from blogging, where I sell online courses to help you build your non-clinical career.

Blogging is extremely enjoyable, and I have never felt so fulfilled in my career as I have since launching The Non-Clinical PT. But, blogging also comes with its fair share of challenges. I want to be fair and cover both for you.

Pros:

  • You’re the boss: Being your own boss is so liberating. Nobody is going to give you the stink eye if you spend all morning in an adult onesie with your cat in your lap. (I’m not saying I do this…but I’m also not saying that I don’t do this :))
  • No sketchy management: This kind of goes with being the boss, but my favorite part about blogging is that I make the rules. If I get a bad vibe from someone, I don’t work with them. It’s that simple. I used to resent having to work for CEOs who seemed lazy or sketchy or just plain mean. As a blogger, I get 100% say over the people with whom I interact on a regular basis…and that’s priceless!
  • Assistants can blog: Sometimes, assistants can get frustrated by the lack of opportunity in the non-clinical world. Yes, there are PLENTY of options out there, but it can feel like you’re starting from behind the 8-ball, as they say. Assistants make great bloggers, and they’re often in a better position financially because their education was cheaper than “full therapists.” This allows them to invest more money into growing a website and experimenting with new sources for revenue.
  • Income is passive after a certain point: Whether you’re earning income via affiliate partnerships, course or product sales, or advertising, much of your work is front-loaded when you’re a blogger. After your initial setup, you often can sit back and relax a bit. Sure, you still need to advertise and create campaigns to drive income, but it’s a great feeling to see “course purchase” or “product sale” pop up on your phone when you haven’t touched your computer all day.

Cons:

  • You’re the boss: Yep, what can be seen as a pro is sometimes a con. If you’re like me, and you’re the collaborative type, it can be a rude awakening to realize all decisions sit squarely on your shoulders. That means that all successes are yours, but so are all failures. It also means you need to be a self-starter or your blog will collect more dust than Miss Havisham’s piano.
  • Monetizing takes time: Blogging is fun and lucrative when you do it right—but it’s less thrilling when you realize you’re eating ramen for the twelfth day in a row! One of the biggest challenges of running any online business is figuring out how to generate income. Some blogs make money from affiliate marketing, while others make money by selling ad space. And then you have the blogs that offer memberships, products, CEUs, and business coaching/mentorship.

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3. Utilization review

Utilization Review work from home physical therapy jobs

Utilization review (UR) careers are gaining popularity, and the trend has definitely been toward working from home. Pre-COVID, I’d say it was about 70% in-office vs. 30% remote, and now it’s more like 80% remote work, if not more. Utilization reviewers, often called clinical review specialists, therapy reviewers, and clinical reviewers, are responsible for reviewing therapy usage and ensuring providers are delivering evidence-based, efficient care. With all the insurance fraud out there, many therapists find these roles to fulfill their desire to reduce waste in healthcare.

Pros:

  • Using your degree: Sometimes, there’s a guilt or fear associated with doing work that doesn’t directly require a therapy license. When you’re in UR, you definitely use that rehab degree to its fullest—without physically working with patients.
  • Improving standards of care: Most of us have worked in sketchy facilities that really do take advantage of insurance companies. If you’re sick of seeing fraud and waste go unchecked in healthcare, being a clinical reviewer could be a great fit for you.
  • Predictable hours: UR jobs tend to run on very predictable schedules. Unlike some work-from-home PT/OT/SLP jobs, you typically know you’ll begin and end work at a set time each day, which is really appealing!

Cons:

  • Negative connotation: Some therapists look at you askew when you mention you’re going into utilization review. That’s because it can be associated with denying care. In reality, a lot is invested into companies’ teams of therapists, who stay up-to-date on best practices and help determine what constitutes appropriate care.
  • Can be repetitive: If you’re the type who craves variety, you might find the repetitive nature of UR and clinical documentation review a bit boring.
  • Competitive: I’ve seen a shift away from assistants being used in UR roles, but I’m also seeing more of a shift toward it again. Overall, it’s hard to say whether things are getting better or worse for assistants, but there are definitely jobs out there for you…just not quite as many as therapists will find. That said, even PTs, OTs, and SLPs can expect lots of competition for jobs. UR is the belle of the ball these days, and you’ll need a really solid application package to stand out when you apply for jobs.

Best places to find utilization review PT, OT, and SLP jobs:

» Learn MUCH more about utilization review careers in my article: Utilization Review Careers: How to Get Started

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4. Writing

writing work from home physical therapy jobs

I didn’t include this in the same section as blogging because writing and blogging are really two different career paths. Blogging involves far more than writing, such as keyword research, marketing, and figuring out revenue streams—not to mention staying ahead of competitors (and having competitors at all can be an uncomfortable experience for collaborative types).

Writing, on the other hand, is purely about writing. It’s all you do. You can get away with blogging if you enjoy, but don’t love, writing. That’s because your time is spent on other tasks beyond creating articles.

However, in order to build a successful career as a health or medical writer, you need to LOVE writing—and be really good at it. But it’s VERY possible!

Pros:

  • Flexible: Most writing jobs, even full-time, salaried ones, allow plenty of flexibility in your schedule. You’ll likely be able to work from home at least part of the time as as writer. Most writing jobs in the post-COVID era are 100% remote. You can also do a PT/OT/SLP side hustle as a writer pretty easily!
  • Full-time jobs abound: Once you prove yourself as a talented writer, you should be able to land a full-time role as a health or medical writer without much difficulty.
  • Easy to leave healthcare altogether, once established: At one point, I was SO over physical therapy. I had been a physical therapy writer for a long time by then, and was ready to try something new. I wound up working full-time at an ad agency, and was truly able to detach myself from healthcare, which was honestly a really nice change. Of course, during that time, I launched The Non-Clinical PT, so I couldn’t stay away from my rehab peeps for too long 🙂

Cons:

  • Can take awhile to start earning good money: You might spend a lot of time at the beginning writing for free (or low pay), just to get your name out there as a talented and reliable writer. That said, you will earn good money soon enough. I matched my PT salary pretty quickly, then started to far out-earn anything I’d make as a PT once I started landing good freelance clients.
  • Can be tough to make the plunge: Unless you’re quite fortunate, you’ll likely have to gradually transition out of patient care and ease into writing. This means starting out freelancing before you land a full-time gig (assuming that’s what you want: full-time work).
  • Can get boring: One of the reasons I love blogging instead of being a full-time employed or freelance writer is that, as much as I love writing, it can get boring day-in, day-out.

Best places to find PT, OT, and SLP writing jobs:

  • Non-Clinical Networking & Jobs for Rehab Professionals: Join my FREE job seekers’ Facebook group, where you can find remote physical therapy, OT, and SLP jobs each Wednesday in the weekly jobs thread!
  • Companies’ websites: You’ll find roles on sites like indeed, but the competition is fierce. You’re better of setting reminders on companies’ sites so you’re alerted early and get first dibs.
  • Staffing agencies: If you live in a large city, consider working with Aquent or Creative Circle, both of which boast a good selection of health content writer jobs. These are contract roles, though, so you likely won’t get benefits unless you consistently work 32 hours per week for a few months at a time.
  • The Non-Clinical PT free email list: Most Sundays, I blast out non-clinical job opportunities, many of which are remote health and medical writing roles.
  • Glassdoor and LinkedIn: When I was working as a professional health content writer, I found the best benefited, full-time jobs on Glassdoor and LinkedIn.

» Learn more about making a career from writing in my article: How to Become a Health Writer (for PT/OT/SLP Professionals)

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5. Health coaching

health coaching work from home physical therapy jobs

If you enjoy educating and motivating others, becoming a health coach is one of the best virtual job options around. Your pay can vary widely in these roles, but they’re exploding in popularity, and most involve working from home! Plus, you have the opportunity to build your own business or work for an established company, depending on your risk tolerance!

Pros:

  • Helping: For those who love educating, motivating, and helping others—but need a break from the physical burdens of patient care—health coaching is an excellent fit.
  • Career growth: With increased focus on wellness and preventative medicine, health coaching is on the rise. This means more jobs are out there, as more and more organizations are employing health coaches to keep their employees in tip-top shape.
  • Stability: You’ll often find roles that provide full benefits packages, such as PTO, continuing education support, healthcare, and more.
  • Opportunities for assistants: Health coaching roles are often a great fit for OTAs, PTAs, and SLPAs.

Cons:

  • Pay: Pay varies widely. If you run your own health coaching business, you can make a fortune. But then you get all the headaches of running a business, which not everyone wants. Full-time, benefited positions tend to pay less, but are much more stable. Plus, there’s a good amount of growth opportunity in these roles.
  • Doesn’t always leverage your degree: Unfortunately, this type of role doesn’t always leverage your existing education or experience as much as you’d hope (see next point).
  • Might require additional certification: In some jobs you’re required to have a specialized health coach certification, regardless of your existing education and licensure. In fact, the more established companies, like insurance providers, do usually require formalized health coaching certs. However, they also tend to be the most stable roles, so it might be worth the investment.

Best places to find health coaching jobs:

  • Non-Clinical Networking & Jobs for Rehab Professionals: Join my FREE job seekers’ Facebook group, where you can find remote physical therapy, OT, and SLP jobs each Wednesday in the weekly jobs thread!
  • Companies’ websites: Set reminders on companies’ sites so you’re alerted early and get first dibs on the best health coaching jobs.
  • Search engines: Because health coaching is so competitive, you might not want to go this route, but some people still have luck!

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6. Rehab technology jobs

Rehab Technology Roles Remote Jobs

Rehab technology is an emerging field you should definitely consider…especially if you’d like to work from home. Before COVID hit, you usually had to live in a major tech hub to land these roles. (Think: San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, NYC, etc., meaning bigger cities.) These days, rehab technology companies tend to be much more flexible about not just their locations, but also about hiring PT, OT, and SLP professionals into their ranks!

There are tons of different rehab tech jobs out there: product management, product specialist/clinical sales, clinical manager/trainer, user experience researcher, and so many more. You can learn about them in Non-Clinical 101, which I discuss at the end of this article!

The main consideration is figuring out your skills, interests, passions, and lifestyle needs—then picking a rehab tech role that works for you. Some do require travel and/or onsite visits, so do some homework to figure out what’s right for you!

Pros:

  • Growth opportunity: Rehabilitation technology jobs have tons of growth potential, not just within a given company, but also within the field and even beyond healthcare. Once you get your feet wet in the industry, you can make bank! Fairly quickly, too!
  • Using your education/degree: In many of these roles, your clinical experience and education are coveted, even if they’re not technically required for you to land the job.
  • Excitement: There’s nothing quite like working in technology. It’s exciting, dynamic, and stimulating. It also tends to be fast-paced, so hopefully you enjoy that!

Cons:

  • Intense: Given that many of these roles still carry that big-city mentality of hustling, the work culture can be intense. Don’t expect to log off at 5 pm sharp for many of these roles.
  • Competitive: Many of these roles can be competitive and require you to jockey for recognition and promotion.
  • Can be unstable: Since so many rehab technology jobs are at startup companies, you might find yourself in roles that don’t have great benefit packages or ask you to work for low pay in exchange for “potential to grow.” At least initially. (Kind of like those clinics that offer “mentorship” in exchange for decent pay.)

Best places to find rehab technology jobs:

  • Non-Clinical 101 alumni network: When you join the Non-Clinical 101 alumni network (lifetime membership comes with enrollment in NC101), you will always get first dibs on these roles, which are frequently shared in our LinkedIn alumni group. I’ll share more about Non-Clinical 101 at the end of this article!
  • The Non-Clinical PT free email list: Most Sundays, I blast out non-clinical job opportunities, many of which are remote rehab technology roles for physical, occupational, and speech therapists.
  • Companies’ websites: Yep, research the rehab tech you love and get on those websites to look for jobs!
  • Angel List: This is a great site to find startup jobs, including rehab technology ones.

7. Public health

public health remote jobs for PT, OT, SLPs

Public health roles don’t always spring to mind when you think of remote jobs…but there are plenty of work-from-home opportunities in this space. Here’s a great spotlight on a PT who has worked remotely as a public health PT since well before the pandemic hit!

Pros:

  • Helping: Public health roles really fill that need that many of us have to help, help, help…to truly make a difference in the world.
  • Career growth: This type of career does have a good amount of upward mobility, especially if you’re willing to work hard and get some extra education.
  • Non-profit opportunities: If you need to work in a non-profit for loan payment reasons, you’re more likely to find a company that falls into that category in this space than, say, rehab tech.

Cons:

  • Pay: Unless you get your masters in public health (MPH), you might not make the pay you made as a treating therapist/assistant.
  • Typically requires additional education to move up: Yes, you can certainly land public health and population health roles that are work-from home, even without extra education, but having that MPH is really going to give you a much-needed leg up to advance in the profession.

Best places to find public health jobs:

  • Government websites: You’ll find tons of opportunities locally, though some might not be remote.
  • Non-Clinical Networking & Jobs for Rehab Professionals: Join my FREE job seekers’ Facebook group, where you can find remote physical therapy, OT, and SLP jobs each Wednesday in the weekly jobs thread!

8. Consulting

remote public health jobs for physical, occupational, and speech therapy professionals

Perhaps the ultimate work-from-home lifestyle comes from consulting. Not only do you nearly always have the ability to work remotely, the pay tends to be high (if you play your cards right). Plus, you can really leverage all the experience you’ve built up. Consultants work for startups, large companies, and everything in between. You can even work for the more traditional companies, like the “Big 4” accounting firms. And, over time you can move into bigger roles like senior consultant.

Pros:

  • Lucrative: If you play your cards right, you can make total bank as a consultant.
  • Career growth: Once you’ve worked as a consultant, your career opportunities dramatically expand.
  • Flexibility: Many consulting roles (unless they’re explicitly full-time) enable you to work the hours you want.

Cons:

  • Instability: Many consultants are seen as stop-gaps between full-time employees. If you want that pension, that gold pin after 25 years, and those sweet, sweet benefits…you might not want to do consulting unless you can find a rare full-time opportunity.
  • Must find clients, negotiate rates, etc: As I noted, you can absolutely work a stable job as a consultant. However, many consulting jobs require that you work odd hours, set rates, and advertise yourself to find those clients in the first place.

Best places to find consulting jobs:

  • Networking: You can network your way into the best consulting roles. The Non-Clinical 101 alumni group is a great place to meet others who share jobs from their own companies they’ve joined since leaving patient care.
  • Your website: Put together a solid website showcasing your availability, accomplishments, education, rates, and how to contact you.
  • The Non-Clinical PT free email list: Most Sundays, I blast out non-clinical job opportunities, many of which are remote consulting gigs for physical, occupational, and speech therapists.
  • Job search engines: Sites like indeed contain quite a few consulting roles, including roles like solution consultant!
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9. Recruiting

remote recruiter jobs for physical, occupational, and speech therapists

Recruiters help place professionals in jobs. As you can imagine, your background in the rehab space makes you perfectly positioned to help other PT, OT, and SLP professionals match with jobs! That said, you can easily use your transferable skills to help nurses and other healthcare professionals find work, too.

Pros:

  • Fast paced: Instead of rotting behind a desk, watching the clock and waiting for the day to end, you’ll be busy in these roles! That’s a big pro for many of us, given that we’re used to being productive at work.
  • Career growth: Recruiting has a lot of potential for career growth. Not only can you move up to lead teams, you can also move into sales and other related roles. Plus, the earning potential is very high for recruiters.
  • Great for assistants: Recruiting is a great way for PTAs, OTAs, and SLPAs to move out of direct patient care. These roles don’t always require a bachelor’s degree, which is nice!

Cons:

  • Commission-based pay: This can be seen as a pro for some, but you do usually have lower base pay, and much of your income is based on how many placements you make.
  • Doesn’t leverage your degree: Because recruiting is something many people do right out of college (or even high school), it can feel a bit demoralizing that you spent all that time and money on your education, only to not really need it for the work. That said, the work definitely uses your network and transferable skills!
  • Quota-based: If you aren’t the type to like to meet goals, staying organized in the process, you might not like this work.

Best places to find recruiting jobs:

  • Non-Clinical Networking & Jobs for Rehab Professionals: Join my FREE job seekers’ Facebook group, where you can find remote physical therapy, OT, and SLP jobs each Wednesday in the weekly jobs thread!
  • The Non-Clinical PT free email list: Most Sundays, I blast out non-clinical job opportunities, some of which are remote recruiting gigs for physical, occupational, and speech therapists.
  • Job search engines. You’ll find plenty of remote recruiting roles on sites like Indeed, etc.

10. Client success

Last, but DEFINITELY not least, we have client success. This type of work involves helping new clients to a company get onboarded, then helping them get the best experience from being customers.

These roles can also be called account management, though this term often refers to sales roles. And, while sales roles are often great for therapy professionals, they can involve some travel and in-person work. On the other hand, many client success roles are moving toward remote work, especially within the rehab space!

You’ll find these jobs at EMR companies, tech firms, digital health companies, and even hospital chains!

Pros:

  • Helping: Client success roles really leverage our helping nature, as well as our communication skills.
  • Career growth: When you work in client success, you’re opening the door to tons of related roles, as well as management opportunities. Plus, client success is a growing field, so there’s more job stability than some other remote jobs.

Cons:

  • Presentations: For some reason, many of us in the rehab space are really scared of presenting in front of others! (Guilty as charged, at least til I did a few years of Toastmasters…) You’ll want to hone your public speaking skills if you want to enjoy this type of work. Yes, even when you present remotely, it can be a bit nerve racking!
  • Doesn’t leverage your degree: Again, you don’t really need a rehab background for these roles. Though it’s definitely super helpful, you might feel kind of sad that you have all that debt and back pain, only to wind up working alongside someone fresh out of school.
  • Not the highest pay: This really depends. Some roles pay more than therapy jobs, but others can be much lower. You’ll need to really understand the nature of the work, the company’s financial health, and other factors when you apply for these jobs.

Best places to find client success jobs:

  • Networking: You can network your way into the best client success. The Non-Clinical 101 alumni group is a great place to meet others who share jobs from their own companies they’ve joined since leaving patient care.
  • The Non-Clinical PT free email list: Most Sundays, I blast out non-clinical job opportunities, many of which are remote client success jobs perfect for physical, occupational, and speech therapists
  • Non-Clinical Networking & Jobs for Rehab Professionals: Join my FREE job seekers’ Facebook group, where you can find remote physical therapy, OT, and SLP jobs each Wednesday in the weekly jobs thread!
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An important note about any remote physical, occupational, or speech therapy job:

I don’t personally have kids, but I recognize how hard it can be to juggle working on top of caring for kids—especially when COVID spikes lead to school shut-downs.

I realize that many folks are looking for remote PT/OT/SLP jobs so they can work from home without being deadbeat parents. I get it. We are, as they say, living in unprecedented times.

That said, I have to inject this gentle reminder that when you work from home, you’re still expected to perform your job as though you were in the office. That means minimal distractions and full attention to the job at hand. In fact, some jobs, such as recruiter and utilization reviewer, tend to have productivity-like quotas you are expected to meet. You’ll need to arrange childcare even if you’re working from home.

Remote physical therapy jobs (and occupational therapy and SLP ones, too) exist!

You might have people trying to tell you that trying to work remotely as a PT/OT/SLP professional is not an option. And yes, in the past, it was much more difficult. However, with things like telehealth, utilization review, and health coaching on the rise, you have way more options. And if you’re an entrepreneur at heart (and you love writing or producing content), don’t rule out a career as a blogger. I know plenty of other people who have done this, and you can, too!

OK, I’m feeling super overwhelmed!! What now?

Breathe! I get it. Leaving patient care is overwhelming enough, and when you want to make sure you land a remote job that also uses your existing education and experience, you can quickly develop the dreaded analysis paralysis.

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