Being a traveling therapist is an adventure that happens when we go help people in other cities, and then keep moving. Just the travel alone is attractive, not to mention the pay that a speech-language therapist can get. The longer it’s done, the more is earned, turning into a nice retirement source along the way.
Finding enough work to keep a traveling therapist going year-around could be difficult in tough economic times. But there is news that says things are slowly beginning to look up, so hope is still alive that people can find their own work, even in this economy.
It is a very good time to take a class or refresher course, or work a position locally while waiting and looking for jobs from afar. Make it easier by looking into placement agencies who often have information about temporary positions available in certain areas. Let them do all the work of finding jobs.The best traveling speech language positions are in schools. The work is seasonal, the pay is great, and weekends and holidays are off. However, many sporadic fill-in spots throughout the school district usually precede getting regular gigs.
Know that traveling speech pathology positions require fare to get there, whether it’s buying gasoline, airfare or a ticket on public transportation. Therefore, there must be a fund set up to save for transportation and/or moving money in the near future. This fund is set up over and over, in each place the traveling SLP goes.
“Always have enough money to get home,” a traveling bartender advises. Return fare should be saved before leaving home, and then start saving immediately upon each arrival. That way every trip has the necessary fare to go home, no matter where from.