Did your PT school tell you an average salary to expect after graduation? Was it accurate?
Sometimes that salary projection may have been spot on, but for others it may have been very different. It isn't your PT school's fault. Salaries are not always accurate when you find them online.
Sure, you can look up the average salary for a PT, but that number varies depending on where you are, your experience, and in what setting you work.
This is exactly why we created the salary calculator, to take real data and make it available to PTs. So you're paid what you're worth... and also, not surprised by a co-workers salary like I was.
Find out what a physical therapist salary is by years of experience, setting, and region with the PT Salary Calculator
While there aren’t many things more terrifying to people than public speaking, what is worse is public speaking in front of your peer group. This weekend we had a communication course for all of the University of Evansville Residency Programs (Sports, Ortho, Neuro, and Acute Care).
In our course, you stand in front of everyone and give a persuasive talk while you are recorded. The recording is played back as you sit there. You then get to critique yourself, then your colleagues give feedback, then finally the course instructors give their two cents. Then you have an hour and a half to redo your presentation and implement all the feedback and give it again after lunch.
It is beyond exhausting. It is beyond terrifying.
But I couldn’t be more proud of the people who came and engaged in the process. Here is why I think these people are so awesome:
1) They put themselves in an uncomfortable situation in order to be...
PTs leave a lot of money on the table. It is a mix between not being taught what to do and not knowing exactly how to go about the negotiation process. We weigh in on how to go about a negotiation so that you can get what you're worth and still build the relationship.
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Dear PT Students,
It took me 26 minutes to fill out my March Madness bracket (Illinois is going to win in case you were wondering).
It is always hard to predict. Anything can happen in March and you can look at what a team did during the season, but that doesn’t always translate to success in the tournament. Over the next few weeks we will see upsets, surprising outcomes, and some expected ones.
Number one seeds can fall in the first round and eight seeds in the final four. I think this is the perfect analogy for PT school. Once you graduate, once you prove you know enough everyone has a shot at success. Some will see it immediately, some will see it down the road, but don’t think how well you did in PT school predicts it at all.
4.0 students may struggle (and that’s okay) and 3.0s may thrive immediately. Once you graduate, don’t worry about what it took to get there. ...
Dear PT Students,
“I don’t know the sport that well”
“I don’t know any of the players and they don’t know me”
“I’m a foot shorter than all of them”
“Will I know what to do?”
“What if I can’t help them get better?”
“What if I’m not as good as their last PT?”
These are all thoughts in my first few days as the team PT for a collegiate volleyball team. I didn’t feel like I was good enough and I worried if I would ever be.
I remember feeling all those things, but the feelings themselves seem like they are from another life. I may not catch every double hit, but I know the sport now. I know the players and they know me. I love being their PT and getting to work with them. I’m still shorter, but it never mattered.
All these thoughts were insecurities that faded with experience and time. When you go out...
We talked last week about the comparison between PA and PT, but it was incomplete. We looked at what it meant on the surface without diving deeper into the true issue. What things in PT make people want to go to another career like PA? Why do PTs want to leave the profession they went to school for?
PA is a great field and can be an amazing job, but it isn't physical therapy. So, why are PTs always talking about switching? It seems like every other week there is a discussion somewhere about how PA is the better choice. But besides both being in the medical field, are they that similar? What do you think about this topic?
“You shouldn’t go into PT,” I overheard a physical therapist telling a college student.
I had been eavesdropping since I heard the student say that she loved observing and was almost certain that she wanted to go into the profession.
The PT went into detail about there not being enough money, that there is no longer job security, that there is no flexibility, and that you don’t have as much freedom as you’d want. It was for over five minutes that he continued trying to convince her not to go into physical therapy.
I took a quick glance in her direction and immediately saw the disappointment on her face. She told him she’d think about it and I don’t think she spoke again the rest of the day.
I don’t want to argue about whether or not what he said is true. And I’m not saying that there isn’t any truth to it.
But, if you hate the profession so much that you would destroy the dreams of a college...