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Travel vs. Permanent Therapy Jobs: What’s Right for You?

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Travel vs. Permanent Therapy Jobs: What’s Right for You?

By Tiffany Aller

As an occupational, speech or physical therapist, you have access to many job types and settings throughout the country; you can literally write your own ticket to your career to go wherever and practice however best suits your skillsets and preferences. While you’re deciding on the next best step for your career, use this guide to help determine whether travel therapy jobs or permanent therapy jobs may be right for you.

Further explore travel therapy job offerings through Med Travelers to see the many locations your travel career could take you to and the breadth of job types available.


Advantages of permanent therapy jobs

An examination of the job market shows a very positive picture for physical therapists: growth in the 28 percent range over the next decade, which is much faster than average. The field of occupational therapy is also growing rapidly and expected to expand by 24 percent over the next decade. 

Speech therapists, classified by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as speech-language pathologists, are growing as a career field by 18 percent. You’ll can find a therapy job in your field in nearly any location within the country due to this level of growth. Permanent therapy jobs offer a range of positive benefits, including:

  • Growing roots and building relationships by remaining in the same role and with the same organization for a long period of time
  • Advancing within an organization through built-up tenure and increased opportunities to learn, develop and grow
  • Balancing work and life responsibilities, including family relationships and continuing to engage in personal pursuits in your local area
  • Avoiding travel fatigue or job placement fatigue by remaining in the same familiar role for longer periods of time

Advantages of Travel Therapy Jobs

Travel therapy jobs are expected to experience similar levels of growth over the next decade as permanent therapy jobs. In fact, their level of growth may be higher, due to job openings in remote locations where the local population may not include trained professionals in those disciplines.

Travel therapy jobs offer many benefits to skilled healthcare professionals, including:

  • Enhanced salary levels to compensate for professionals working in underserved areas
  • Lower cost of living, especially in assignments where all housing costs are paid by the placement organization
  • Lesser risk of job burnout by offering the opportunity to change positions regularly and always experience the excitement of a new job
  • Ability to work in the locations of your choice, explore areas previously unvisited and satisfy your own personal travel desires
  • Exposure to varied work locales and workplace types, as well as varied types of work opportunities to expand and challenge your skillsets

In the comparison of permanent versus travel therapy jobs, there’s no one right or wrong answer. The positives offered by both types of employment may be the right match for you during different seasons of your life and career. Luckily, you have the opportunity to make changes to your career whenever necessary, so you can combine the benefits of each type of healthcare work to perfectly suit your life.

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