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6 Reasons to Become a Physical Therapist in Hawaii

April 26th, 2017 in  Allied Health
by Meredith Victor Castin

Being a physical therapist in Hawaii is as good as it sounds. White sands, balmy weather, and fragrant breezes are only half of the appeal; Hawaii also boasts a laid back vibe and plenty of freedom for PTs to practice as they choose. Living in Hawaii is a dream come true, and being a practicing physical therapist in Hawaii is pretty much as good as it gets!

  1. Direct access.
    Because Hawaii imposes no limitations on direct access for physical therapists, you have the freedom and responsibility to see patients from the get-go, addressing their functional impairments and pain complaints, and referring them to physicians when appropriate. This practice freedom allows you to use your doctoral degree to its fullest, and enables you to truly grow and flourish as a clinician.
  2. Low competition for jobs.
    Did you know there's no physical therapy school in Hawaii? Work this to your advantage! No flooded PT markets, which means employers will be courting YOU to fill their roles. Plus, you'll have more leeway to negotiate your compensation package.
  3. Balmy weather and fragrant air.
    Hawaii smells like flowers. It has a temperate climate and sea-green beaches. Regardless of your feelings about aromatherapy's effect on pain, there's no arguing with the calming effect of floral-scented air...
  4. Laid back culture. 
    Frustrated by hectic schedules and the corporate rat-race? Head on over to Hawaii. You'll find that friendly people, delicious cuisine, easygoing drivers (no honking allowed), and friendly shaka hand-shakes abound.
  5. An active patient population.
    Between the surfing, hiking, and sunset-gazing, Hawaiians tend to be an active bunch. You'll get to hone your skills in ways you never thought possible, by treating a caseload of adults, children, transplants (those from outside Hawaii) and native Hawaiians.
  6. Hawaii is winning at PT.
    Hawaii recently made CSM's "Success List," for its inclusion in the management of concussions in student athletes. Way to move forward, Hawaii! As a PT treating in Hawaii, you can truly encourage student athletes to #ChoosePT.



  1. http://www.apta.org/uploadedFiles/APTAorg/Advocacy/State/Issues/Direct_Access/DirectAccessbyState.pdf
  2. http://physicaltherapistsalary.com/hawaii-requirement-pt/
  3. http://www.hapta.org/news/hawaii-makes-success-list-at-csm-apta-100k-in-2017/