Working as a traveling Speech-Language Pathologist has many opportunities! Traveling gives you opportunities to work in different locations, as well as different settings. Here are 5 settings to work as a travel Speech-Language Pathologist.
5 Settings To Work As A Travel Speech-Language Pathologist
1. Schools. Across the country, there is a high demand for SLP’s to fill school positions. As a traveler, these contracts are typically the length of the school year, which is 9 months, although you could find shorter contracts. School contracts are great for SLP’s who love working with pediatrics. Also, they are great for the travel SLP who does not want to relocate every three months.
2. Skilled-Nursing Facilities (SNFs). Skilled-Nursing Facilities have a high need for SLP’s. These assignments are great for the medical-based SLP who loves to travel. SNF assignments are the bulk of medical-based travel assignments, and you can find SNF opportunities for the SLP in most states.
3. Outpatient Clinics. Outpatient clinics, both pediatric and adult, have needs for traveling SLP’s. In some cases, the clinics are independently owned, others are associated with hospitals or larger medical centers. Some outpatient jobs are strictly adult or pediatric, while others are mixed populations. The mixed patient population clinics give you the opportunity to practice clinically across the lifespan.
4. Home Health. Nationwide, there is a push to get patients home with services as quickly as possible. This is leading to a boom in home health jobs! Working a home health assignment gives you the chance to work on functional outcomes, directly with the patient in their home environment! You can train the patient and family on cognitive strategies or diet modifications in the setting where it matters most: the home!
5. Acute and Inpatient Hospitals. Speech-Language Pathologists are needed to staff both acute hospitals and inpatient rehab hospitals. These assignments are great for the SLP who has skills in instrumental swallow assessment (e.g. videofluoroscopic swallow studies or FEES) and likes to work in a fast-paced setting.
Hopefully you enjoyed these 5 settings to work as a travel Speech-Language Pathologist.
Host Healthcare Travel Therapist
Host Healthcare offers an extensive list of travel SLP jobs. In addition, call specific recruiter directly or if you don’t have a recruiter, call (844) 812-8094 and one of our friendly recruiters will be happy to help.
About The Author:
Julia Kuhn, MS CCC-SLP became a traveling Speech-Language Pathologist in 2010 and specializes in adult neurogenic rehab. She blogs about travel therapy at The Traveling Traveler and is an affiliate for MedBridge Education.