Got wanderlust? Want to earn more, expand your network, make friends, and grow as a professional?
Become a traveler!
Demand for Traveling School Therapists
Whether you’re an occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant, speech-language pathologist, or speech-language pathology assistant, you’re in demand in schools. There are students all over the nation who need your therapy services, especially during this time. School systems are taking creative approaches to ensure kids are getting the therapeutic care they need, and that includes hiring traveling therapists as well as incorporating virtual therapy services.
5 Reasons to Become a Travel School Therapist
There are many reasons to join the growing numbers of school-based allied health professionals who choose to travel. We’ve selected our top 5 reasons to be a travel therapist – so if you’ve been considering taking the plunge and embarking on an epic adventure, read on to discover why now’s the time to dive on in!
1. Fulfill Your Sense of Adventure
If you’ve been feeling a little cooped up lately, you’re not alone. There’s only one cure for wanderlust: adventure! One perk of taking a travel assignment is…you’re pairing work with travel, so you don’t have to wait a whole year to save up enough vacation time to enjoy a new state or region. You can spend your weekends and days off trekking along trails or basking on beaches. You can immerse yourself in the culture of a new area and expand your horizons. To top it off, most contracts are nine months in length and follow the school calendar and school hours. Therefore, you’ll have plenty of time off to play and explore.
2. Increase Your Earning Potential
Often, you can earn more as a travel school-based therapist than you would as a permanent employee in the same position. School systems use travel therapists to fill shortages, and demand typically is reflected in compensation for travel school therapists. Also, you will likely be taxed at a reduced rate and may be eligible for other tax benefits. Moreover, travel positions sometimes offer perks, so ask your recruiter to find out what’s included in your contract.
3. Hone Your Virtual Skills
Whether you’re a virtual virtuoso or a network novice, there’s always room to hone your online therapy skills. Many schools are beginning to incorporate virtual occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy services for their students. Since school systems must ensure students receive the services they are legally entitled to, administrators are working creatively to overcome emerging challenges. If you’re not skilled at offering virtual services, now’s a good time to practice. If you are, you may have an advantage schools will really value.
4. Expand Your Network
There’s nothing quite like learning from your peers. When you’re a traveler, you get to work with a range of professionals who can bring diverse perspectives, educational backgrounds, and therapeutic approaches you can incorporate into your own practice. Not only will you connect with other therapists, but you will also develop bonds with teachers, administrators, parents, and kids! You’ll develop friendships to last a lifetime and will be able to revisit or host your new friends. Who knows, you may even fall in love with a location and decide to settle there permanently. Networking can help you establish roots should you decide to make the spot your new home.
5. Grow as a Professional
When you take a travel assignment, you’ll be pushing yourself out of your comfort zone – and we all know that’s where the growth happens! You’ll need to be prepared to hit the ground running. You’ll quickly pick up new methods, routines, and procedures of the school system. You can learn from working with different student populations in different regions. You may find you have a great deal of autonomy; that independence can provide the perfect opportunity to focus on building your confidence and honing your skills as a school-based therapist.