What's makes a state a desirable place to practice physical therapy?
The answer of course depends in part on what you value. How important is salary? Quality of life? Future job prospects? Regulatory restraints? Demographic characteristics (such as age and health) of the state's residents? And so on.
Many rankings of "best states," in fields ranging from health care to retirement, use some combination of these factors. PT in Motion's analysis uses dozens of data sources to build on 8 criteria:
- Well-being and future livability
- Literacy and health literacy
- Employment and employment prospects
- Business and practice friendliness
- Technology and innovation
- Physical therapist (PT), physical therapist assistant (PTA), and student engagement with APTA
- Compensation and cost of living
- Health and financial disparities