Your Travel Therapy Career Guide: Step-by-Step

Have you ever wondered how you even get started down taking a travel therapy job? Or how to choose a Recruiter? Or how Per Diem works? 

If so, then be sure to read an extensive series of posts we will soon be starting called “Your Travel Therapy Career Guide: Step-by-Step” that will take you through a detailed outline of the process of starting a travel rehab career. It will be a broad overview that applies to all the therapists that make up the Rehab and Therapy Jobs.com readers (PT, PTA, OT, COTA and SLP), but detailed enough to answer all your questions about the process.

The goal is to take some of the hesitation away from those of you have questions about how this career path works. So be sure to give your feedback as we go.

Featured Travel Physical Therapy Assistant Job in Florida

  • This 120 bed Skilled Nursing facility in Orlando is looking for a travel PTA to help out this summer.
  • Each therapist typically has 7 therapy treatments per day.
  • This facility has a low facility turnover.
  • Huge therapy gym with working kitchen and modalities.
  • ACP, Vital Stim and Allen Cognitive level programs.
  • This is near Walt Disney, MGM, Universal Studios and Wet n’ Wild.
  • Please call Medical Solutions today at 866-633-3548!

To learn more about this travel physical therapy assistant job click here.

Follow the footsteps of Rock ‘n Roll Legends.

The greatest thing (besides the money!) about traveling as a therapist are all the wonderful places you get to visit. Better yet, if you’re a therapist with a passion for music, traveling therapy and rehab jobs can really rock. Just think of all the places your favorite bands and performers before you have gone; the hotels they’ve trashed, the studios they’ve recorded in, the famous halls they’ve performed in… The landmarks are endless, the stories infinite and with a traveling therapy or rehab job you can retrace all those (in)famous steps.

There have been numerous books published about the origins of rock ‘n’ roll and where famous performers have come and gone. One book in particular covers all those bases and is available for free download on the site MusicArtStyle.

“Journey through America’s rich rock ‘n’ roll history with the musical landmarks detailed in this extensive collection. Nearly 600 locations, including birthplaces, concert locales, hotel rooms, and graves, are neatly compiled and paired with historical tidbits, trivia, photographs, and backstage lore—from the site where Elvis got his first guitar and Buddy Holly’s plane crashed to Sid and Nancy’s hotel room and the infamous “Riot House” on the Sunset Strip. The rowdiest and the most talented rockers are all featured, with sidebars on musical greats like Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and U2. Learn the locations of the secret rehearsal for David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs album, the club where the Sex Pistols played their first and last concert in the U.S., the house where Kurt Cobain died, where Keith Richards threw a television set out of a hotel window, and hundreds more sites from the past.”

Download the eBook, “Led Zeppelin Crashed Here: The Rock and Roll Landmarks of North America” and start mapping out your traveling adventure.

Resources for the Traveling Therapist

I’m discovering how new the idea of being a traveling therapist really is because there really isn’t much out there on the web regarding this profession. That’s what we here at Rehab and Therapy Jobs.com are trying to fix. Any and all information we can find that will help you in your careers we will post and today I found a couple things.

19190911There is a blog site written by a current traveling therapist and it is called, “The Ramblings of a Traveling Speech Therapist.” As the author describes it, “This blog will detail my travels and provide a contact point for all those who I meet along the way.” So take a minute or two to read about her travels. She has had some great experiences and some not so great, but that’s life ain’t it? You take the good, you take the bad and there you have… Hopefully I’m not dating myself with that little lyric but I probably am. Anyways, read some of her posts – she gives great insight as to what you can and cannot expect on your traveling therapy job.

The next site I discovered that can help you with your career as a traveling therapist is MedTravelerClub.com. This site is dedicated to providing prospective and current traveling therapists a place to share information regarding staffing agencies, interviewing, locations, etc… There is also a great page of links to associations, certifications and so forth. There is also a forum to share your stories and experiences with other current and past travelers. This would be a great way to find out about a location you’re thinking about or perhaps just making friends to meet out while on assignment. So check it out!

As I said, there isn’t much out there for you travelers yet, but we’re working on it so check back and we’ll keep you informed!

Why should you work in a skilled nursing facility?

Senior and physical therapist Clowning Around

There are a lot of PT, PTA, OT, COTA and SLP short-term jobs in skilled nursing facility (nursing home) settings and they provide a unique set of benefits that you may not see at some of the other settings for rehab and therapist careers, settings like the acute care/hospital setting, outpatient setting, home health and in-patient rehabilitation setting.

Again bringing you our quick 1,2,3 overview (plus 1), here are four of the benefits of working in a nursing home:

  1. See your patients improve – In settings like a acute care/hospital setting you may only see your patients for a few days and thus never see their progression
  2. Great work schedule – Compared to outpatient settings where the pace can be frantic with multiple patients receiving different parts of a treatment and early and late hour appointments
  3. Less documentation – Working in a SNF requires an evaluation for a patient with just a weekly note
  4. Less boredom – In a nursing home setting you will, in most situations get to work not only with other therapists in your discipline, but you will also get to work with other types of therapists. Plus you are going to get the chance to expand the types of patients and injuries and conditions you treat.

What makes short-term travel rehab and therapy contracts so apppealing?

Everyone is different and has their own unique reasons for considering a rehab and therapy short-term contract. An SLP looking for a change of settings may find the short-term career path as the perfect opportunity to do that, while an Occupational Therapist who wanted to work closer to her parents after they retire may see a travel rehab career as the best alternative to do that.

travel OT, COTA, PT, PTA and SLP jobs are nationwideAs you can see the possibilities are endless, but to keep things simple here is another of our famous 1,2,3 overviews:

  1. A short-term contract career as a PT, PTA, OT, COTA and SLP can help you earn more money
  2. Like the name suggests as well, a travel rehab and therapy contract lets you live in and work in great locations across the country
  3. A short-term contract also exposes you to and give you the chance to expand your clinical skills in a variety of settings in a relatively short-period of time