The high demand for short-term or temporary healthcare professionals in different places all over the United States and the world has fueled a new type of career option for healthcare workers everywhere. The travel healthcare industry has actually existed for close to twenty years. In the early days, healthcare-staffing companies matched qualified professionals with hospitals and clinics that were in dire need of short-term staffing solutions. Because needs in highly specialized medical fields could not always be met locally, people in medical careers are now able to enjoy regular travel as a part of their working lifestyle.
One of the primary reasons that medical careers that involve travelling across the country or the world exist is fluctuating demand. One of the primary reasons that demand can fluctuate greatly has to do with the seasons. In areas where the population suddenly increases or shrinks dramatically based on whether it is spring, summer, fall or winter, maintaining an adequate level of healthcare staff in local hospitals and healthcare centers can be challenging. Hiring permanent, full-time or part-time staff to handle the influx during busier seasons (such as the state of Florida might have to during the winter when all the New England snowbirds migrate south) can be too committal. When the rise in population subsides and returns to more normal levels, the area can suffer from massive layoffs and unemployment in the medical field.
The costs of staffing in this way can become very high for medical facilities, as unemployment insurance premiums are likely to rise and the cost of training new staff every season can also be high.
Benefits of Healthcare Jobs That Involve Travelling
There are many benefits to having a career in the travel healthcare industry. Some of the benefits are very obvious, while others are not. Working with a good medical staffing agency will allow you to earn top pay and excellent benefits including the ability to save for retirement in a qualified plan such as a 401K. Most travel healthcare assignments provide private, quality housing that is free of charge for medical staff. Most healthcare workers know the experience of working in world-renown research facilities or teaching hospitals is priceless. The opportunity to work at not only one prestigious facility but several in different parts of the country is another benefit of travel healthcare.
Getting into the travel healthcare industry is not difficult if you are already a medical professional or healthcare staff member. There are several different agencies that can help you get placed in short-term travel assignments. Many of these agencies can be found online. The process for getting started is very similar for most personnel agencies that specialize in healthcare travel.
1. An application is completed
2. You are assigned to a recruiter/contact at the agency
3. After being interviewed by your recruiter potential assignments will be identified for you
4. You will be interviewed by the director of the medical facility over the phone
5. After accepting an assignment, the agency will assist with all details including licensing, housing and benefits.