Travel therapy is one of the most exciting career paths for allied healthcare professionals who want to make a difference in the lives of their patients, but also who want to travel and explore new locations. It's the perfect combination of your personal goals and your professional goals. If you’re thinking about becoming a traveling therapist or just want to learn more, keep reading:
In simplest terms, travel therapy is a career option for therapy professionals that agree to take contract jobs in cities across the U.S. (and even internationally) on a temporary contract. In general, travel therapy contracts are 13-weeks, but that primarily relates to certain settings such as Skilled Nursing Facilities, Hospitals and Outpatient centers. Other facilities are traditionally more flexible with their contract offerings due to their unique needs. For example, a position in a Home Health facility may last anywhere from three months to two years while School positions are often for a full academic year (10 months). Employers in any setting may offer contracts for longer or shorter periods of time, it relies entirely upon the needs and preferences of the individual employers.
Travel therapy as a career attracts professionals from every background and generation who want to see more of the country, live near family, earn more money on average, avoid office politics, gain experience, or pursue further education that would otherwise be limited by a full-time job.
Not at all! You'll find an abundance of opportunities for respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech language pathology contracts. Similarly, there are positions available for the different skill levels and areas of expertise. While some institutions look for veterans of the industry, others are open to hiring recent college graduates and those in their Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY). If you're new to the travel industry, you can even find a mentor to help you transition from school to traveling!
You’ll need to be licensed for each state you apply to work in. Healthcare recruiters are familiar with the licensing requirements and certifications for different states and can be a valuable resource to you as you apply for your state license(s). You can find more information on licensure here.
This depends on the travel healthcare agency you choose to work with. At Jackson Therapy Partners, we offer numerous benefits that begin covering you on day one of your contract! As a travel therapist with JTP, you'll be offered a lucrative referral rewards program, comprehensive Cigna health insurance, matching 401(k) plan, travel and housing allowance, and so much more. Find a full list of our benefits here.
The good news is, the requirements to work as a travel therapist are no different than the requirements for a staff therapist position. To start working as a travel therapist, simply start working with a recruiter at a travel healthcare staffing company. That’s it! For therapists trying to decide which type of facility or setting they want to practice in (i.e. Home Health vs. Skilled Nursing Facility), working as a travel therapist can give you the opportunity to learn which facility or setting fits you best. On a more personal note, travel therapy introduces therapists to new cultures and traditions, ultimately providing them with the ability to adapt quickly to new environments and therapy teams.
It might seem like traveling so often would make it hard to socialize, but with Meetup Groups in nearly every city and the travel therapy groups that are popping up on Facebook and across the U.S, the opposite is actually true. There will be so many new locations to explore, that you’ll never get bored. You can meet up with other therapists that are also from out-of-state and enjoy some of the local activities together.
Travel therapy is rewarding because you can gain new strengths both professionally and personally. Don’t miss this opportunity, reach out to a recruiter today!