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Travel Occupational Therapy Jobs & Career Overview

As an occupational therapist, you have made your career out of helping others participate in the activities they want and need to do. With Cross Country Allied, you can use these same skills and dedication as a traveling occupational therapist at healthcare facilities all across the nation. For 13 to 26 weeks at a time, you can provide occupational therapy to patients in cities and states you have always dreamed of visiting. From Hawaii to Alaska, New York to California — we have travel occupational therapy jobs across the nation. You tell us where you’d like to work as a traveling OT, and we’ll make it happen.

What Does an Occupational Therapist Do?

As an occupational therapist, the work you do makes a difference in the lives of people of all ages. Unlike other forms of therapy, occupational therapy helps people function in their various environments (e.g., home, work, school, community) and addresses the physical, psychological, and cognitive aspects of their well-being by enabling them to perform specific activities.

Common OT interventions include helping children with disabilities participate fully in school and develop social skills, aiding people as they recover from injury or illness, and supporting older adults experiencing physical or cognitive changes. At Cross Country Allied, we constantly receive new travel OT jobs you can apply to at any time that cover a range of occupational therapy roles.

What is the Salary of an Occupational Therapist?

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the median annual salary for occupational therapists was $83,200 in 2017. Travel occupational therapy salary generally reflects the salary of permanent OTs; however, travel OTs receive hourly compensation through their travel OT company rather than a salary. Further, Cross Country Allied offers our travel OTs referral bonuses, comprehensive health benefits, subsidized or free housing, and more!

The BLS expects employment of occupational therapists to increase by 24 percent between 2016 and 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Newly emerging areas of practice for occupational therapists related to the needs of an aging population are increasing the demand for OT and travel OT services.

What is the Working Environment for an Occupational Therapist?

As an occupational therapist, you can work in a wide range of settings including:

How to Become a Travel Occupational Therapist

As a traveling OT, you will want to ensure you have the correct licensure before applying for a travel occupational therapy job. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) maintains a list of state occupational therapy license authorities and a page on how to get an OT license. In addition to meeting state licensing requirements, an occupational therapist must have at least a master's degree. Occupational therapy board certification and specialist certifications in gerontology, mental health, pediatrics and physical rehabilitation are also available.

Begin Your Adventure as a Travel Occupational Therapist

See the country while helping patients who need you the most. As the demand for your profession grows, healthcare facilities all across the U.S. will seek out talented traveling OTs that can supplement their current workforce. Cross Country Allied has a long-standing reputation for quality staffing. We have the assignments you want in the cities you have been waiting to visit. Plus, when you take a travel OT job at Cross Country Allied, we offer an excellent benefits package that includes:

Let Cross Country Allied meet your goals as a traveling occupational therapist. Call us at 800.223.9230, or search the travel OT jobs we have available and apply online!

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"Absolutely amazing to work with! Ashley Steen and Amanda Valenziano are perfection. I couldn't be happier to be working with cross country. Despite multiple recruiters calling daily it isn't always about the money but the way you are treated. Thank you for the opportunity." - Amy D RN RRT-NPS