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Have you ever wanted to earn a living while seeing other parts of the country, or even the world? You don’t have to be a movie star or a musician on tour to do so. There are some professions that involve a great deal of travel and allow you to the opportunity to work around new people in new places. Earn a living while expanding your horizons! Here’s a list of 13 travel-friendly professions.
1. TRAVEL NURSE
As a travel nurse, you have the opportunity to utilize your passion of helping people in need while living and exploring other parts of the country. You’ll be able to add stamps to your passport, work for a variety of medical facilities, and maybe even find a new area to call home.
What You Need
- Education: According to Travelnursing.org, those looking to get into the profession need to be able to think critically, plan a patient’s care based on their diagnosis, perform assessments, handle equipment, and work with physicians. Most hospitals require their traveling nurses to be educated in a Registered Nursing (RN) program, which typically lasts two years and sometimes requires a bachelor’s degree. Also, if you complete an assignment, but do not have another assignment in the near future, having the education of an RN gives you a better chance of finding employment.
- Licensing: Most hospitals want nurses who are registered for their particular states. You might be able to get around this if you have a NLC (Nurse Licensure Compact), but it would be beneficial to be licensed in all of the states you would consider traveling to.
- A Reputable Travel Nursing Company: In order to arrange a traveling assignment that is right for you and your skill set, you’ll want to find a reputable recruitment company that specializes in travel nursing. When choosing a travel nursing company, things to consider include: housing options, benefits, and the travel nursing company’s reputation.
- Travel Potential and Considerations: When assigned to a hospital, travel nurses relocate to that city and work there, on average, 13 weeks. That means you have the potential to visit and work in four different cities within a year! Still, there are many factors you should consider when picking a city.
- Not Every State is in Demand of Nurses: States like Alaska and Hawaii have smaller populations, fewer hospitals, and fewer nursing jobs. Travel jobs for these places fill up fast.
- How the Pay System Works: Since the traveling nurse pay packages are rather complex, it would benefit you to know how the pay system works. Here is a breakdown of pay system and compensation such as benefits and time variables. Also check out this video for more information on nursing compensation.