Physical Therapy Assistant Guide

Welcome to the PTA Guide, a physical therapy assistant education & career resource. We have everything you need to become a licensed PTA in your state. A few of the helpful things that you'll find here are information resources by state such as tools and info on PTA Schools, PTA license requirements, PTA Jobs, PTA salary data for states & major cities.
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How to Find the Best Physical Therapist Assistant Jobs

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How to find the best pta jobs

Actually landing the perfect Physical Therapy job is certainly a challenge, but sometimes just finding the best job opportunity is your biggest hurdle. Let’s face it, you have your PTA degree and your licensed, so chances are you are qualified for that perfect PTA job – now you just need to find it so you can apply!

Physical Therapist Assistant jobs are in extremely high demand, so the perfect PTA job is definitely out there. There are a number of ways you can strategize your PTA job search from a high level and we encourage you to do so as the first step in your job search. Strategizing first is important so you have a good idea of the specific type of job position you want, whether it is in sports therapy, acute rehabilitation, government, research, or home health care – just to name a few.

Searching for the Perfect PTA Job

In this article we are going to address the next step of actually finding available job positions specific to the role that you would like to work in. The best way to find PTA jobs is with our comprehensive PTA jobs search tool. Through our partnership with Indeed we’ve created a custom physical therapist assistant jobs search tool including 1,000s of physical therapy employers across the country who are constantly submitting new PTA job openings to the system.

This article will share specific tips for using our comprehensive Physical Therapist Assistant Jobs Search Tool. These tips will help you sift through the many available PTA positions to find the perfect role that you’ve been looking for.

Step 1: Determine what type of PTA job you are looking for

Before you go into your job search blindly, take a few minutes to think about, and maybe even research, some of the different practice areas that Physical Therapist Assistants work in. Depending on your specific skill set and past experience you probably have some ideas in mind for the type of role you would like to work in. Here are a few physical therapy practice areas that we have available PTA jobs in our database.

We have included even more detail on each of the above Physical Therapy job types or practice areas on our jobs search page.

Step 2: Try a number of different search phrases to find the perfect PTA job

Search engines have gotten much better over the years, and our PTA jobs search engine is up too date with Indeed’s latest technology. This is great because our system is user friendly and easy to use. It also is great because it is a very powerful system that includes jobs from 1,000s of employers across the country.

That being said, with just one small tip users can leverage our search engine to find a much higher number and higher quality of open positions to apply for. That tip is simple, try a number of different search phrases to pull more search results.

Search Phrase Examples

Try using some of the search examples below. Simply click this link to open our job search tool in a new window. Then you can copy and paste these example search phrases into our search tool to find your next job!

Sports / Athletic / Wellness – Example Search Phrases

Here are some examples of some different search phrases a user could try if they were looking for a physical therapy assistant role specific to sports and athletes:

  • “PTA Sports”
  • “PTA Athlete”
  • “PTA Athletic”
  • “PTA Wellness”
  • “PTA Fitness”
  • “PTA Training”
  • “PTA Trainer”
  • “Sports Therapy”
  • “Athlete Therapy”
  • “Athletic Therapy”
  • “Physical Therapy for Athletes”

Nursing Home / Extended Care / Elderly – Example Search Phrases

Below are examples of a few different search terms you can try if you’re looking for a physical therapist assistant job specific to elderly care or at a nursing home:

  • “PTA Nursing Home”
  • “PTA Extended Care”
  • “PTA Elderly”
  • “Nursing Home Therapy”
  • “Extended Care Therapy”
  • “Elderly Therapy”
  • “Physical Therapy for Elderly”

Private Practice / Outpatient Clinic / Traditional Therapy – Example Search Phrases

Below are examples of a few different search terms you can try if you’re looking for a physical therapist assistant job specific to elderly care or at a nursing home:

  • “PTA Outpatient”
  • “PTA Private”
  • “Outpatient Therapy”
  • “Private Practice Therapy”
  • “PT Clinic”
  • “Physical Therapy Clinic”
  • “Physical Therapy Assistant”
  • “PTA”
  • “Physical Therapist Assistant”

Step 3: Compare search results and apply to desired positions

As you are trying the different search phrases, you will be shown different results each time with different job openings.

  • One of the best ways to compare the different positions is to right click on the job search result links and then click “Open in a new tab”. This will open each job posting in a new browser window.

So, if you see multiple jobs you are interested in, then you can open each one in a new window and compare them to each other before you decide whether or not you want to apply.

That’s it! Now it is time to get started finding that perfect physical therapist assistant job position that you’ve been dreaming of. Get started with our PTA Jobs Search Tool now.


Questions about our PTA job search tool? Leave us a comment and let us know how we can help! 🙂

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