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Travel Healthcare FAQ

Travel Healthcare FAQ

Jennifer LeClaire, Monster Contributing Writer

Whether you are just entering the healthcare industry or are a seasoned pro, tremendous opportunities exist in the world of travel healthcare. While most aspects of the job mirror traditional healthcare employment, travel companies offer some unique opportunities and challenges, which you should be aware of before accepting a travel assignment.

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions that will help you determine if this career option is for you.

What are the current requirements for travel healthcare workers?

The minimum requirements for traveling healthcare workers include a valid license in the discipline in which you practice, a current BCLS (CPR) card, an updated physical, updated vaccinations, one year of recent clinical experience and solid employer references.

What types of healthcare workers can expect to find travel healthcare opportunities?

The greatest demand is for nurses, but other healthcare professionals are also needed in specialized areas, including:

  • Bone densitometry
  • Cadiovascular-interventional
  • Computed tomography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Mammography
  • Medical technology
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Occupational therapy
  • Opthalmic ultrasound
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Radiologic technology
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Vascular sonography
  • Sonography
  • Speech pathology
  • Surgical technology

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Does travel healthcare require any special skills or personality traits?

Of course, travel healthcare lends itself to professionals who like to travel. An adventurous personality and an ability to adapt to new cultures are also helpful for international assignments.

How much do travel healthcare workers earn?

While salaries vary depending on factors, such as experience, the season, and the location and duration of the assignment, traveling healthcare workers fetch higher rates than their stationary counterparts. Hourly wages can range from $18 to $35 an hour. Travel companies often offer sign-on and completion bonuses designed to attract specialists in areas including critical care, labor and delivery, operating room and dialysis, among others. These bonuses can range from $500 to $2,500.

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