Should You Consider Working as a Travel Therapist?

The nationwide need for therapists is at an all time high, but that doesn’t mean therapists have been immune to the struggling economy. It does mean, however, that even if one therapy job comes to an end, there are countless other opportunities available – if you are willing to go get them.

It’s true; the golden opportunity you seek may not be in your backyard, but it doesn’t mean you have to permanently relocate to pursue it. Travel therapist jobs give therapists a unique way to earn money, build their resumes, and see new places without making a big commitment. Thousands of therapists are exploring their options as travel therapists and finding higher wages, loan assistance, housing and travel reimbursements, and much more. While these kinds of benefits may vary depending on the therapy staffing agency you choose to work with, there are some perks of travel therapy jobs that you can always count on:

New places – A traveling therapist gets to see the country, and unlike many professionals who travel for work, a travel therapist will actually have the time to explore each new location. Because travel therapists will spend a month or two at each assignment, they have an opportunity to experience the city in a way most tourists never will.

New faces – Most travel therapy jobs last about 13 weeks, so therapists will constantly be meeting new people as they move to new facilities. Not only will travel therapists have the chance to make lasting friendships all over the country, but they can also move on with relative ease from those “faces” with whom they didn’t connect!

New challenges – Of course, starting a new job isn't easy for most people, and travel therapists step up to the challenge frequently! Getting to know a new facility – the people, the protocols, the politics – certainly isn’t easy, but the challenge ensures travel therapy jobs are anything but boring!

The benefits of becoming a travel therapist are certainly appealing, but how do you know if you have what it takes to be a travel therapist? Ask yourself these questions to help you make a decision.

Am I flexible? A travel therapist should possess the ability to adapt quickly and embrace change. Each facility has its own unique work culture, and a travel therapist must be able to step in and easily adapt without drama.

How long can I be away from home? Most travel therapists work 13 week assignments although some travel therapy jobs may last longer. Travel therapists should be open to being away from home for extended periods of time, unless of course, they limit their “travel” jobs to stay within a short drive from home.

Am I outgoing? You will constantly be meeting new people, so the ability to be open and friendly will serve you well in your travel therapy job. Starting a new job is never easy, but an outgoing personality will make that transition easier and more enjoyable.

While some therapists choose to make a career out of travel therapy, most choose travel therapy as a relatively short term option when they are still trying to decide where to settle down or what kind of facility suits them best. Others opt for travel therapy jobs when they are in the middle of a major life transition or struggling to find work in their immediate area. Whatever the motivation, travel therapy jobs provide an excellent way for therapists to explore their options while advancing their careers!