One reservation we hear sometimes about taking a short-term and/or travel therapy contract is that it is not a “real job.” And if by real job you mean you don’t work in the same boring setting day in and day out, then no, travel therapy jobs are “not real jobs.” But, if by “not a real job” you mean that they are not stable and you are afraid you could go months without working then you would be wrong.
There are three easy (you could even call them magical) ways you can have all the advantages of a travel therapy career and the stability of a “real job.” First I am going to assume you are already aware of the great pay and benefits available to traveling therapists. OK with that said, here are the three ways. Alacazam!:
- Extend your assignments – When you extend on an travel physical therapy for example you could easily only work at two different locations during an entire year, there are fast food workers who love to have that kind of career stability.
- Work in your home town- The word travel can be misleading here. Think of it instead as a short-term contract temp job. You just don’t get the same tax-free Per Diem allowance that can be available to you if you travel for your job, but you still get the great pay.
- Follow the needs – The shortage for all therapy positions (SLP, Physical Therapist, PTA, Occupational Therapist, and COTA) is so large and growing that you could easily just follow the needs around the country, from California one assignment to Wisconsin the next. Imagine the adventures you would have doing that for a couple of years before you settle down – if you still want to after traveling that is.