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How much experience do I need to become a travel therapist?

Requirements of travel therapy opportunities

Considering a career as a travel therapist? Congratulations – travel nursing is one of the most exciting and rewarding careers in healthcare. It’s also a career field that continues to show signs of growth and high demand.

Travel therapy careers have some unique requirements.

A career as a travel therapist (OT, PT or speech) offers an opportunity to travel across the country, helping patients. But there are some requirements you’ll need to meet before launching your career.

Specifically, travel therapy careers aren’t quite a good fit for recent college graduates. Many healthcare facilities and private clients require at least one year of clinical experience before extending an offer for a travel position. A majority of those employers require at least two to three years.

Take the time to gain clinical experience in your field (whether you’re an OT, PT or speech therapist). Be an active, hands-on employee, and when you’ve built the resume required to begin a career in travel therapy, you’ll enjoy benefits like:

Experiencing different cultures.
There’s a reason the U.S. is known as a melting pot – our country is filled with different cultures! Whether you’re interested in exploring the South, the Pacific Northwest or another part of the country, a career in travel therapy will give you an opportunity to experience some of the great places our country has to offer.

Working with different patients.
If you prefer a more dynamic environment, where you work with different colleagues and patients each few days (or weeks), travel therapy may be a good fit for you. You’ll have an opportunity to work with a diverse range of healthcare professionals, and you’ll be able to help many different patients improve their quality of life.

An in-demand career.
Right now, the demand for travel therapists has never been higher. In particular, many educational facilities are seeking travel therapists to work with children who have developmental challenges. Education is just one area of growth; overall, the travel therapy field is growing rapidly, so you should have a long and prosperous career ahead!

Ready to take the next step in your travel therapy career?

Search our currently available travel therapist jobs, or contact MedPro today to learn more!