As we continue on into 2011, there is still talk about high levels of unemployment, huge government deficits, little coverage for healthcare and the list goes on. It makes the very idea of searching for a job, much less the ideal job, seem daunting. One exception is the healthcare industry! As one of the larger industries currently in the U.S., the job opportunities for physical therapists and occupational therapists continue to grow – but what sweetens the deal even more is the ability to have a job that travels as well. As a travel therapist, you can enjoy doing what you love, make a difference and explore the country!

No matter what skill level youre at, from new graduates to experienced therapists, travel therapy agencies cater to your needs to help you find the ideal job based on your skill level and assignment preferences. Whether you want to work in your hometown or explore another state, there are many options available. A common myth when deciding between a permanent position versus a traveling one is the compensation and benefits – many professionals believe that permanent therapists have similar or even more compensation when in fact, travelers often receive a substantially higher one. Travel therapy jobs offer great pay, benefits and travel opportunities. In fact, travel therapists are among the highest paid in the industry. Some benefits of travel therapy jobs include: free corporate furnished housing, travel expense allowance and free continuing education classes.

Additionally, more often than not, permanent therapists are generally obligated to sign annual contracts to become eligible for relocation and sign-on bonuses. Travelers are only obligated to fulfill a job for 13 weeks (varies depending on agency and job) and are still eligible for bonuses. Additionally, once youre signed on to be a travel therapist, it will look great on your resume – the exposure is just as exciting as the adventure! Many facilities understand that traveling therapists are exposed to diverse patient populations and gain significant knowledge from interacting with various clinical teams on each assignment. A travel therapy agency has a catalog of assignments in different settings; such as: outpatient, hospitals, inpatient rehab, pediatrics, skilled nursing and more. So, travelers are able to enjoy a wide variety of assignments and locations.

When deciding between either a permanent position or travel opportunities, keep in mind that you can always change your mind based off what you want and what you need. Many travel therapy companies have websites where you can do sufficient research, talk to professionals and view job postings to help you achieve the career path you want. And although travel therapy is not for everyone, for those who have more flexibility, it would help ease financial burdens, build your skill sets and provide a great amount of adventure and excitement!