OT New Grad Jobs IL

Find A High Paying, New Grad Friendly Occupational Therapy Job in Illinois With Advanced Travel Therapy.

There are a few possibilities to consider when you finish OT school. You could start with a permanent placement in a setting or facility you weren’t ready to commit to. You could find yourself making less money than you were expecting. You may even be in an Illinois facility that isn’t super friendly to new grads.

If these possibilities don’t sound great, you are in the right place. Advanced Travel Therapy’s New Grad Program was created to ensure that new grad OTs like you are given financial stability with the degree of professional flexibility they need at the start of their career. We minimize stress and maximize comfort.

We will make sure that you can explore settings, locations, patient populations, and teams while building your resume and making the money you should be making as a talented OT. We’ll match you with a dedicated recruiter who will line up your job and make taking that job as easy possible. Helping with everything from licensure to housing, all you will need to do is be the awesome therapist you always knew you could be.  Advanced Travel Therapy also offers great pay packages, free and unlimited CEU’s, $5,000 in tuition reimbursements, a robust mentorship program, great benefits, and so much more!

Keep reading to find about pay, settings, and licensure in Illinois! If you already live in IL, you’re still eligible for a travel OT job with Advanced. If you’re interested in a new grad travel OT career in Illinois, apply with us today.

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How Much Do OTs Make In IL?

$42.68 per hour

$1,988 per week

$79,440 per year

Occupational therapists are pretty incredible healthcare providers. They are trained to improve the quality of life for every patient they meet. The Illinois averages you see above are good- they either meet or beat the national average for OTs across the country. That being said, many new grad OTs don’t realize that traveling usually means better than average pay. New grad travel therapists are able to take advantage of pretty significant tax-breaks and housing stipends. And if you’re not a tax-wiz, don’t worry, you’ll never have to do these calculations. Your dedicated Advanced Recruiter will do everything for you and make sure your take home pay is where it needs to be.

We also offer our new grads $5,000 in tuition reimbursement, great benefits, and free CEUs. We know that your compensation should reflect the hard work you have put in and the traveling choices you have made.

If you’re interested in earning what you want as a new grad travel OT in Illinois, apply now!


OT Settings in Illinois

Let’s look into the future a little. Do you see yourself committed to the same setting, in the same facility, in the same town for years to come? Or do you see yourself gaining experience in multiple places, building an incredible resume, and learning from different teams and populations?  If you find yourself leaning toward the latter, you may have just found your calling. As a new grad with Advanced Travel Therapy, you will never feel stuck, forced, or like a cog in the machine. We will not tell you where to work, what setting to commit to, what patients to treat, or how to prioritize your own needs and wants.

If you think you like a setting, try it out a few times in different places and facilities. If you’re not sure which setting is for you, try out different ones from assignment to assignment. If you like one setting and one facility, extend  and see how it feels. We’ve got you!

Below you will find short descriptions of a few of the settings you will find in Illinois.

Skilled Nursing Facilities

According to AOTA, an OT in a SNF will help patients with self-care skills, training in the use of adaptive equipment, compensatory techniques, and environmental modifications. In addition, a new grad OT in a SNF will get the chance to work with PTs, SLPs, audiologists, and nurses. This will allow you to see an interdisciplinary treatment plan in action to help in the short to long-term rehabilitation of patients after illness or injury.

Home Health

A new grad OT will want to start making a pretty big impact on their patients’ lives and there may be no better place to do this than within their homes. You can really get down to evaluating and assisting with daily activity performance in the most important context of all. This setting will also be great for the new grad OT who isn’t quite ready for the routine of going to the same facility every day.

School Setting

Working in a school gives an OT the opportunity to play a key role in the education team. You will collaborate with parents, educators, administrators, and the students themselves to promote the students’ ability to thrive and to create a healthy school environment. According to AOTA, interventions in a school setting may include:

  • Conducting activity and environment analyses and making recommendations for improvement
  • Reducing barriers that limit student participation
  • Providing assistive technology
  • Determining methods for alternate assessment and learning for students with significant challenges
  • Preparing students for successful transitions

Illinois OT Licensure Board Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

320 West Washington St. Springfield, IL 62786

Phone: 217-785-0800
Fax: 217-782-7645


If you are not already licensed in Illinois, you will need to be to take an assignment in “The Prairie State.” Don’t panic though, you are not alone when you work with Advanced Travel Therapy.  We are not the beat-around-bush type. We know moving and licensing aren’t fun, but they don’t need to be difficult with our team by your side. Your Advanced Recruiter will help you acquire your license, get the housing you want, and help you with just about everything to make taking your job in Illinois as easy as possible. We will even reimburse you for your license!

Living In Illinois

Chicago is an awesome city (it’s got a river that flows backwards), but there is so much more to Illinois. To start, it’s got other great cities you can visit and explore like Carbondale, Evanston, and Woodstock! These cities are known for their awesome music venues, great food, and fun atmospheres.

Which brings us to another point; road trips are awesome in and around Illinois! For one, there’s Route 66. If you have yet to take a road trip on this legendary path, it’s time. Also, if you’re not sure what to do while you’re road-trippin’, here’s a list of some of the weirdest things you can see in Illinois:

  1. A two-story outhouse
  2. The World’s Largest Chime
  3. Dungeons & Dragons Park
  4. The World’s Largest Golf Tee
  5. The Super Museum and Superman Celebration
  6. The World’s Largest Catsup Bottle
  7. The underwater petting zoo and submerged airplane at Mermet Springs
  8. There’s so many more… Do you really want to miss this stuff?

If road trips and city walks aren't what float your OT boat, don’t fret, there’s more. Although Illinois may be one of the flatter states in the Midwest, it is not lacking in the outdoor adventure domain. Shawnee National Forest and Starved Rock State Park will give you waterfalls, canyons, breathtaking trails, and picturesque Midwestern views.  Water activities like kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and sailing are easily accessible on many of the state’s beautiful lakes or rivers.

If you’re not a OT yet but are interested in becoming one there are a few good OT programs in Illinois. Below are a couple of links to get you started on your search. As you get closer to graduating make sure you check our blog where you’ll find a lot of good information for new grads.

University of Illinois at Chicago


Governors State University


Travel Benefits

  1. 100% Paid Medical Coverage

  2. Lucrative Pay

  3. 401k with Company Matching

  4. Customized Travel Packages

  5. Robust Clinical and Lifestyle Mentorship

  6. Large Support Staff

  1. State Licensure Reimbursement

  2. Significant Referral Bonus

  3. Personal Recruiter

  4. Exceptional Customer Service (24 hours/day)

  5. Clinical Director

  1. Corporate Furnished Housing or Generous Lodging Per Diem

  2. Travel Expense Allowance

  3. Meals and Incidentals Stipend

  4. Professional & General Liability Coverage

  5. Advanced Education CEU's

  1. Why Advanced Medical

    Joining the Advanced Medical team gives you the attention you deserve. We work closely with each candidate to find the right fit clinically, culturally and financially. We also offer:

    • Five-star customer service
    • Clinical & licensure support
    • and much, much more!

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    • Advanced found me the perfect travel job in an outpatient setting. It was such a great match that I ended up staying on as a full time employee. If I decide to ever travel again, I will not hesitate to call Advanced.

      Mary TMary T.
    • After traveling with several different travel companies I found Advanced. I have now completed 3 great assignments and will never leave this company. Finally a company that actually delivers on what they say.

      Linda WLinda W.
      Sacramento, CA
    • We Just moved into my apartment provided by Advanced and we are loving it! My wife and I are both therapists and the apartment is amazing, it has its own movie theater, fitness center and many other amenities.

      Michael FMichael F.
      Dallas, TX
    • I was referred to Advanced by another traveler in my building that worked for them. She kept telling me that they really do customize packages and pay top rates so I called them and that is exactly what they did.

      Nancy PNancy P.
      Charleston, SC

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