The best benefit to taking on travel OT assignments travel! You’ll have the opportunity to live in different towns and regions and experience different rehabilitation therapy settings — rehab centers, hospitals, out-patient clinics, etc.
However, if you have considerable family obligations, or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving your family for an extended length of time (most OT travel positions last about 13 weeks, some longer, some shorter), occupational therapy travel jobs may not be for you. (That said, it is possible to bring your family with you; many OT travel services can help make arrangements for your family to come along on your adventure.)
You also need to be comfortable with work that may or may not be “steady.” You could see a few days or weeks between assignments, so if you absolutely, positively must have a weekly paycheck, you may want to consider staying put with a staff position.
However, and this a biggie, you’ll undoubtedly earn more per hour as a traveling OT than you would as a regular staffer. In addition to this higher hourly pay, your travel staffing firm more than likely will pay you a daily stipend for meals and incidentals. What’s more, you’ll also receive free housing.
Plus – oh, yes, there’s more! – you also can receive signing bonuses, referral bonuses and assignment completion bonuses. There really is so much to love about occupational therapist travel jobs.
As for other benefits, many OT travel services offer their employees a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, life and vision insurance. Many services also offer 401(k) retirement plans for their occupational therapist employees.
Most travel therapist services want OTs with a bare minimum of a year of professional experience, so if you’ve just received your license, you may have to wait get a few months’ experience helping patients before an OT travel firm will consider you seriously.
But the wait can be worth it! If you have a real hankering for travel, if the idea of working with new patients and new colleagues every few months is appealing to you, sign up with one or more occupational therapy travel jobs providers. It could be one of the best decisions of your life.