4 reasons why now is the time to become a traveling rehab therapist

Posted On November 3, 2016

Rehab therapists like occupational therapists (OTs), physical therapists (PTs) and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) ranked #17, #12 and #19, respectively, in the 2016 Best Health Care Jobs list (US News). Rehab therapy is expected to grow by 131,000 new positions by 2024 – so if you’re a rehab therapist evaluating your career path, becoming a traveling rehab therapist might be for you.

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So without further ado, here are just four of the many benefits of choosing travel:

Job security

Future healthcare needs project very promising job opportunities for PTs, OTs and SLPs. With baby boomers reaching age 55 or older by 2020, and increased awareness for speech/language disorders in children, job prospects are on the rise. As the market demands more rehab therapists, the need for contingency staffing to fill open positions will be at an all-time high.

 

Affordable health insurance on day one

Companies like Cirrus Medical Staffing offer a medical insurance program starting day one of your assignment. With rising premiums and the ACA mandate for health insurance, having a truly affordable plan isn’t as easy as it used to be. As a Cirrus healthcare traveler, you’re covered.

 

Higher take-home pay potential

Traveling rehab therapists have the potential to earn considerably more than their staff equivalents. This is especially true if you’re willing to work less popular hours such as weekends, holidays and night shifts. Once you hit your stride as a traveler, working in a variety of settings and gaining valuable experience, you’ll be eligible to secure top dollar assignments. Taking advantage of opportunities to learn and grow at each assignment will help you earn more attractive paychecks in the future.

 

Flexibility

As a healthcare traveler, you will have the opportunity to choose where you want to go – anywhere in the country! If you enjoy hiking and the outdoors, you might opt for an assignment in Montana. Or maybe an assignment at a teaching hospital in New England will give you the big-city nightlife you’re craving during your off-time. Perhaps a family member is ill, and planning an assignment in their area will give you an opportunity to spend time with them you wouldn’t otherwise have. How about focusing on advancing your clinical skills at a well-known, prestigious facility? If you are looking to further your career while maintaining flexibility, traveling is the way to go. When making your assignment “wish list”, put some thought into where you’d most enjoy visiting and career objectives you’d like to achieve.

Are you ready to explore the endless opportunities being a traveling rehab therapist has to offer? Reach out to one of our recruiters, or call now at 800-299-8132.