How Do I Become a Traveling Therapist?

Jennifer Leigh
Jennifer Leigh
Traveling therapists often make more money than stationary therapists.
Traveling therapists often make more money than stationary therapists.

In order to become a traveling therapist there are certain steps that you need to take, such as attending a post-secondary institution, becoming licensed in your field, and applying for jobs. Since there are traveling therapist positions in a number fields including rehabilitation, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, you first need to choose which career path your wish to pursue. Jobs for traveling therapists can be found through private organizations, hospitals, and agencies that match candidates with employers.

Travel occupational therapist jobs can vary widely depending on the assignment.
Travel occupational therapist jobs can vary widely depending on the assignment.

Begin the process to become a traveling therapist by first deciding which type of therapy you wish to pursue. Therapy is a broad topic that includes many types of physical and mental work. You can talk to individuals who are professionals in the field to find out more about the specific day-to-day duties of different types of therapists. Another option is to take introductory classes while working on your undergraduate degree to find out if you are interested in a subject.

A master's degree in physical therapy is required to become a traveling physical therapist.
A master's degree in physical therapy is required to become a traveling physical therapist.

It is necessary to attend a post-secondary institution in your field to become a traveling therapist. A bachelor's degree is the minimum education required before you are eligible to work at this type of a position, but this depends on the specific area of therapy that you choose. For example, a physical therapist needs to have at least a master's degree in physical therapy to work in the field. Once the master's degree is completed, you are eligible to take the examination to become licensed, which most employers require. Check with your local professional licensing board to find out the exact requirements for the type of therapy you wish to pursue in the place where you are planning to work.

The last step to become a traveling therapist is to look for jobs in the field of your choice. You can sign up with an agency who matches traveling therapists to different settings and positions. Another option is to look for jobs with hospitals or clinics that involve extensive travel. Traveling therapists often make more money than stationary therapists because they are spending time traveling for both short and long periods of time.

Once you find a position that you want to apply for, you can send your resume and cover letter to the potential employer. Make sure that you include information regarding the reasons that you wish to become a traveling therapist. Be prepared to have references available, as many employers will ask for them before or during the interview for the position.

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