Can you make a career out of becoming a travel respiratory therapist?

Cross Country Allied
January 20, 2017 10:08 AM (GMT-04:00)
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Short answer. Yes!
With a wide spectrum of patients ranging in age suffering from respiratory diseases such as asthma or emphysema, respiratory therapists are in high demand among the United States. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 12% growth from 2014 to 2024 in the employment of respiratory therapists. But can you earn a sizeable income from this profession? Dating back to 2015, the median annual wage for respiratory therapists was $57,790.
While hospitals and medical facilities face employment challenges, becoming a travel respiratory therapist continues to be an incredible way to not only grow within your career and profession, but also see new locations and cities across the United States.
How can you determine if a career as a travel respiratory therapist is right for you?


Traveling to a new place on a recurring basis means constantly having to meet new people and quickly get comfortable working alongside them. It's necessary for you to be comfortable entering new situations and have confidence in your ability to immerse yourself into new groups. If you’re outgoing by nature, then this is a perfect opportunity. However, if you are instinctively shy this will also provide you with the ideal scenario to improve your skills and break out of your comfort zone.


As a travel respiratory therapist, you will be assigned to a given location for 13 or 16 week assignments, making it crucial that you're able to quickly adapt to new facilities and physicians. Each place may have its own processes and culture, and you won't have much of a learning curve in which to adjust gradually.
If you think you have what it takes to be a travel respiratory therapist, there are many advantages, such as:


As a travel respiratory therapist, you'll have your pick of opportunities across the nation. You can choose to take on assignments that are only in the locations you desire to visit.


The job outlook for respiratory therapists as a whole is high - approximately 14,900 new positions are projected to be created by 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This demand means that travel assignments will be readily available, so you can have the freedom to be selective.

Pay and Benefits

A career as a travel respiratory therapist tends to have generous compensation. The median salary for respiratory therapists in 2015 was $57,790. However, traveling healthcare professionals tend to receive even higher compensation and benefits than those in permanent roles.
Get started pursuing your career as a travel respiratory therapist with the help of 800.530.6125. We are nationally recognized as a Cross Country Staffing company, and have built up an extensive network of clients throughout the country. Describe your ideal clinical setting or geographical setting, and we will find an opportunity that’s the best fit for you.
800.530.6125 offers great benefits, such as top pay, comprehensive health benefits, 401k, free private housing, referral bonuses, and more. Apply now to get started in joining 800.530.6125 or give us a call at 800.530.6125.

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