Travel Occupational Therapist Jobs

Make a Difference as a Travel OT

No matter how you look at it, the role of an occupational therapist is an important one. You are crucial to ensuring that individuals gain or regain skills they need to lead fulfilling, independent lives, which can greatly impact a person's well-being and overall quality of life - what's more important than that?

Interested in traveling as an occupational therapist? Browse travel occupational therapy jobs at outstanding facilities across the country and find your fit. 

What Do Travel Occupational Therapists Do?

An occupational therapy career allows you to help people of all ages do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). The possibilities with this career are nearly endless – from helping children with disabilities participate fully in school and social situations to assisting people recovering from injury as they regain their skills. Many occupational therapist jobs also involve providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes as they age.

Along with working one on one with people, a day in the life of an occupational therapist also typically involves a lot of evaluation and intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs). Occupational therapists have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.

Typical Occupational Therapy Job Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate patients to determine the patient’s goals
  • Create a customized treatment plan to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach their goals
  • Evaluate outcomes to make sure the goals are being met and make changes to the treatment plans as needed
  • Practice a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and tasks to fit the patient’s lifestyle and needs

Choose where you go

With opportunities for travelers all over the country, we’ve selected areas with the most popular medical traveling jobs to help you find your best fit.

Advantages & Perks for Traveling Therapy Jobs

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Competitive pay
Travel therapy professionals are needed everywhere. Compensation packages for traveling therapists give you the freedom to live in and explore you environment.
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Per diem
When you become a travel occupational therapist, we give you a weekly, tax-free per diem to help cover daily expenses, like transportation and meals.
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Occupational therapy licensure and certification costs are paid for because we want you to be a qualified rockstar!
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Travel life
When you’re a traveling occupational therapist, you get to live the best of your travel and work lives, together! Plus, you’ll gain valuable life experience along the way.

Medical Traveler Compliance & Licensure

Being a travel occupational therapist can help you achieve the career you’ve always wanted, but what if your dream job is asking for certifications you don’t have? Fusion can help you with that! From the occupational therapy licensure compact to certifications, we can help you find therapy training and licensing information to help you take your career forward, and financial assistance to help you get there.

Degrees and Certifications

Licenses and certifications can leave you scratching your head when you should be stoked about traveling. We want you to know exactly what you’re getting into. Since degrees and certifications depend on your modality and specialty, Fusion’s compliance experts work with your recruiter and the facility to make sure that you have all relevant credentials required for our travel OT jobs.

Compliance Requirements

Some of your compliance requirements are the same across the board, but there are others that will depend on your specialty.

The three parts of compliance

  • Occupational health records: Required immunizations and health examinations
  • Documentation: Tax forms, insurance paperwork, and licenses
  • Testing: Certifications, online training, and workplace safety exams


How much do travel occupational therapist jobs pay?

The average salary for travel occupational therapy jobs in the U.S. is $87,133, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS). California pays the highest average salary to occupational therapists with an average annual wage of $105,760 and an hourly wage of $50.85, followed by the District of Columbia ($90,150 per year, $43.34 per hour), Oregon ($91,730 per year, $44.10 per hour), Hawaii ($92,350 per year, $44.40 per hour), and Connecticut ($94,040 per year, $45.21 per hour).

Who can become a traveling OT?

The journey to becoming a traveling OT begins with obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy or a health-related field. Following this, an aspiring occupational therapist must earn a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited program. After completing OT school, you must pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam to become a certified occupational therapist. After graduation and earning certification, OTs can start traveling professionally right away,

What is the job outlook for travel OT jobs?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that employment for occupational therapists will grow 14% from 2021 to 2031, which is much faster than the average growth rate for all occupations. This growth for traveling occupational therapist jobs is driven by the increasing need for therapeutic services among the aging population and individuals with disabilities or illnesses.

Where do travel occupational therapists work?

Occupational therapist jobs for experienced travelers are typically available in hospitals, home health agencies, outpatient clinics, schools, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facility, or other healthcare settings. Many occupational therapists offer their services on a contractual basis that involves traveling to different locations. Therefore, in addition to the medical skills and experience occupational therapists must possess to provide direct patient care, travel OTs must also demonstrate exemplary organizational and communication abilities that will allow them to manage multiple clients over long periods of time.

How long is a typical travel therapy assignment?

In the United States, typical travel positions for occupational therapists last 13 weeks, but anything between 8 and 26 weeks is common. Medical facilities often offer to renew your contract, too, which is called an extension. Extension offers are usually made in the last 3 to 5 weeks of your travel assignment, but if you’re interested in staying on longer, you should reach out to your recruiter.

Will taking a travel therapy job help my OT career?

Taking travel occupational therapist jobs is beneficial because it exposes you to different regional procedures and patient populations, provides the opportunity to explore new specialties, and gain experience learning a new clinical environment quickly.

Do travel therapy jobs offer benefits?

Fusion offers three Medical plans to choose from, one PPO plan and two High Deductible Plans, as well as Dental, Vision, Basic Life, and Short-Term Disability. If traveling to the state of Hawaii, Hawaii has its own mandated coverage and you will be offered that coverage at that time. If you were previously on the BCBS Nebraska Medical coverage and/or the Ameritas Dental and Vision, this coverage will be terminated when moving to Hawaii for an assignment. Learn more about benefits.

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