Debunking the Myths of a Travel Therapist

Looking for something new? Do you love a challenge that comes with quite an adventure? Did you ever miss out on travel because of school, work or finances? Have you thought about being a Travel Therapist? The demand for travel therapists is through the roof, which makes it the perfect time for you to start looking.

Travel Therapy MythsTraveling therapy gives you tremendous job flexibility in addition to the choice of your own setting and location. It also gives you the ability to broaden your skill-set as a therapist while also enjoying, more pay and better benefits (in most cases). At some point, traveling may become an option and it’s important that you have the facts, so here are some common misconceptions of travel therapy.

Travelers are obligated to long-term contracts and have little say regarding locations and settings. Permanent therapists usually sign annual contracts in order to be eligible for relocation and sign-on bonuses.  Travelers are only obligated for a minimum of 8 weeks while, many times, being guaranteed 40 hours with bonus eligibility.

Permanent therapists have a similar compensation & benefits package in relation to travel therapists. The compensation and benefits for a traveler are usually 15% substantially higher than that of a permanent therapist.

To work as a traveler, a therapist must have years of experience. In most cases, traveling is available to young therapists and new grads.  Traveling can be an amazing opportunity for those wanting to see a new part of the country while working in multiple settings.  This allows a therapist to find their strengths before settling into a permanent position.

Working in multiple settings and diverse areas looks bad on your resume. Facilities know that travelers are exposed to diverse patient populations and gain significant knowledge from interacting with various clinical teams on each assignment.

Travel companies function as 3rd party head-hunters and are interchangeable in choosing among them. In most cases, the travel company will provide your benefits, pay, and career consultation.  Certain travel companies can provide continuing education credits, housing flexibility, and tuition reimbursement.  It is vital to investigate and find the right one for you.

Centra Healthcare Solutions has placed many travel therapists in great destinations at the settings of their choice. In the event that you are looking for a change, looking to get away, or just want a new challenge, we can help you find the right fit, contact us today.

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