No other career choice can offer you benefits like the ones you'll receive as a traveling respiratory care practitioner with Cross Country Allied. Think about it... you can live in our beautiful and free private housing, earn a great salary, receive all the health benefits of a permanent position, and earn bonuses on many assignments. Plus, you'll receive all this while visiting the locations you always dreamed of seeing.
Travel healthcare is a great career option for experienced respiratory therapists. Your skills are in demand, which means you have many choices as to where you want to work. We have jobs across the country or across town - in many of the nation's top hospitals.
As a respiratory traveler, you can choose to spend the winter months enjoying the sunny, delightful weather of Florida, California or Arizona and you can summer in New York, Washington or even New England. The choice is yours. And with each new area and setting you work in, you gain a fresh, new perspective on your skill level and capabilities - like providing more experienced patient care and learning new techniques.
As a new or experienced respiratory care practitioner, we will help you meet your goals.
There were approximately 120,7000 respiratory therapist jobs in 2014. The majority of respiratory therapists work in hospitals, but some also work in physician offices and nursing care facilities. They may be on their feet for long periods of time and sometimes need to lift and turn disabled patients. Because they work in healthcare facilities that could be open during all hours, respiratory therapists may need to work evenings, weekends and holidays.
If you are thinking about pursuing a career as a respiratory therapist, you will typically need an associate’s degree, although you may want to consider a bachelor’s degree, which may be considered more valuable to employers. Currently, respiratory therapists need to be licensed in every state except Alaska. Licensing requirements vary by state. Degree courses usually include anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics, microbiology, pharmacology and mathematics. Degree programs will also include supervised clinical experience.
Job growth for respiratory therapists is expected to be above average through 2024 at 12%. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the median wage for respiratory therapists was $58,670 in 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.
Being employed as a travel respiratory therapist lets you take your skills anywhere. You can travel to cities and towns most people will never get to experience. The talented recruiters at Cross Country Allied will get to know you and help you find the ideal assignment that meets your career and lifestyle goals. Plus, wherever your travels take you, an excellent benefits package will be waiting: