Traveling Misconceptions: Myths and Realities of Travel Therapy [Infographic]
Myth: Permanent Therapists have a similar compensation and benefits package in relation to Travel Therapists.
Reality: The compensation and benefits for a traveler are higher than that of a Permanent Therapist.
Myth: Travelers are obligated to long-term contracts and have little say regarding locations and settings.
Reality: Permanent Therapists are often obligated to sign annual contracts to be eligible for relocation and sign-on bonuses. Travelers are only obligated for 13 weeks while being guaranteed 40 hours with bonus eligibility.
Myth: Working in mulitple settings and diverse areas looks bad on your resume
Reality: Facilities know that Travelers are exposed to diverse patient populations and gain significant knowledge from interacting with various clinical teams on each assignment.
Myth: Travel companies function as 3rd party head-hunters and are interchangeable when choosing among them.
Reality: Travel companies provide your benefits, pay, and career consultation. Certain travel companies can provide continuing education credits, housing flexibility, and tuition reimbursement. It is vital to investigate and find the right fit for you.
Myth: To work as a Traveler a therapist must have years of experience.
Reality: The Travel option has opened up to younger therapists and new graduates. Working as a traveler can be a wonderful opportunity for those wanting to see a new part of the country while working in multiple settings. This allows a therapist to find their strengths before settling in to a permanent position.