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If you want to work in a culturally and racially diverse school, surrounded by history, sports and the arts, consider the City of Brotherly Love. The School District of Philadelphia was established in 1818 and serves more than 200,000 students, making it the eighth largest school district in the United States by enrollment. The School District of Philadelphia and other surrounding school districts are located in a historic and culturally rich setting, offering many opportunities for school health professionals to make a difference for the children of the area while enjoying all the city has to offer.

School Jobs in Philadelphia

There are a wide variety of school jobs available in Philadelphia schools. For professionals focused on healthcare, there are school-based opportunities for therapists such as those working in occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech language pathology. There are also needs for school nurses, school social workers, and school psychologists. Classroom-based positions related to school health include special education teachers, teachers for the deaf or hard of hearing, teachers for the visually impaired and sign language interpreters.

Soliant is currently hiring for jobs in Philadelphia schools in many of these fields, including school psychology, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, physical therapy, school nurses, teachers for the visually impaired, teachers for the deaf or hard of hearing, sign language interpreters, and special education teachers.

License Requirements in Philadelphia

If you’re considering working as a school nurse, school occupational therapist or school physical therapist in Philadelphia, you’ll need to acquire the appropriate professional license from the state of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of State Professional Licensure operates the Pennsylvania Licensing System(PALS), which offers online service for occupational licensure of all types.

Through the PALS website, you can apply for a Pennsylvania occupational therapy license, a Pennsylvania physical therapy license, a Pennsylvania nursing license, or other types of state occupational licenses. Start by registering on the site and completing the application checklist for the particular license you need.

For instance, if you’re applying for an occupational therapy license, you’ll need to have your national exam scores sent directly to the Pennsylvania State Board of Occupational Therapy, along with letters of good standing from all states in which you have held a license to practice occupational therapy. You’ll also have to request that the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapysend a verification of certification to the Pennsylvania State Board.

If you already have a Pennsylvania occupational license, you can renew it on the PALS website. Potential employers and the general public can also use the secure website to search for licensed professionals in a particular field.

Living in Philadelphia

If you’re wondering is Philadelphia a good place to live, just spend a little time in the city and you’ll soon discover that it can be a great place to live, work and explore. Long considered the birthplace of the United States of America, Philly is full of history: In your free time, you can visit the Liberty Bell, along with Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were signed, and other Revolutionary War-era sites. In more recent history, you can walk the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, immortalized by Sylvester Stallone in the film “Rocky.”

Beyond history, Philadelphia is also home to the Philly cheesesteak, Phillies baseball, Flyers basketball, and Eagles football. SEPTA, the city’s vast public transportation network, makes it easy to get to work, to ballgames, or anywhere in Philadelphia relatively quickly.

Philadelphia is a city of firsts. It was the home of America’s first daily newspaper, which launched in 1784, as well as America’s first zoo. Philly was also the site of the country’s first hospital and first medical school.

Working in Philadelphia doesn’t just mean you’re surrounded by interesting things to see and do after work hours; for most workers, it also means you can take pride in your workplace and enjoy a positive workplace culture. More than three-quarters (76 percent) of Philadelphia workers said they would not tolerate a bad corporate culture to work at a top company, and 81 percent said it’s important to them to take pride in their employer organization, according to a recent survey. For most respondents, the things that make them most proud of their employer are the ability to have positive work-life balance and flexibility.

If you’re looking for a school job for the coming school year, don’t overlook the City of Brotherly Love. It may just be a great chance to make a difference for children while soaking in up a great city and a positive work environment.

Contributor Lesley Slaughter

Lesley is currently a vice president with Soliant and oversees the schools' division. Her 14 years of staffing experience has helped grow our schools' therapy division at Soliant from 3 recruiters to over 100. Lesley is skilled in permanent placement, technical recruiting, and staffing services within public and private schools. She has worked with school districts and school professionals across the country, supporting special education, speech therapy, school psychology, and much more. She’s originally from Northwest Georgia, holds a Bachelor of Art’s in Broadcasting from Georgia Southern University, and loves spending time with her husband and 2 daughters. Make sure to check out the rest of her blogs on working in schools.