The Advantages of Travel Assignments
If you are new to the world of allied health travel, you probably have questions about the pros and cons of traveling in terms of the lifestyle, work experience, and your professional career. Read on to find answers to some of the most common allied health travel questions.
What Are Travel Assignments?
Originally popularized in nursing, travel jobs are contract assignments, traditionally 13-weeks long, that are filled by clinicians that are temporary employees of staffing agencies. These agencies, like Preferred Healthcare Staffing, spend a considerable amount of time sourcing qualified candidates to fill positions at healthcare facilities across the country. With the proper licensure and qualifications, you may be able to secure a travel job in your destination of choice.
Why Pursue a Travel Assignment?
There are many advantages to allied travel positions, but here are the top ones.
You may be surprised to learn that oftentimes you can make more money as a traveler than as a full-time employee. This is because healthcare facilities pay top dollar for allied health travel professionals. And, as traveler, you may be able to reap non-taxable compensation for housing and other expenses. A high pay rate, when combined with non-taxable income, can make travel assignments particularly lucrative.
Live in Different Locations
Who wouldn’t want the chance to explore new destinations? And not just for a day or two, but to actually live and work in the community. That way, you get to make new friends and really absorb the local culture. Depending on your assignment location, there are usually nearby attractions to visit in your spare time. Whether you want to live near the coast, mountains, desert, forest or big city, your options are plentiful.
Gain More Experience
In just about all careers, experience is critical to advancing and getting to where you want to be. While many travel jobs do require some experience, most clinicians travel earlier in their careers, before they have settled down. This is a good time to build your clinical proficiency and confidence. Traveling is also a good way to explore different settings and healthcare facility types, so you learn what fits you best.
How Do I Get Started?
As long as you are licensed and in good standing, you can apply with a staffing agency now, and a recruiter will reach out to learn more about you and answer any questions. The key is to first find a reputable staffing company that you can trust to treat you right. At Preferred, we have been placing allied health professionals for over 20 years, and we have earned a reputation for personalized service that is unsurpassed in the industry. We’d love the chance to work with you, so apply now to get the process started.