Travel Speech Language Pathologist Jobs
Make a Difference as a Travel SLP
As a speech language pathologist (SLP), you're a true a problem-solver. These heroes' roles involve working with individuals to find solutions to communication and language disorders, ranging from speech sounds, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, to swallowing disorders in both children and adults.
Working as a travel speech therapy professional is a great mix of job growth and exciting adventures. The career path offers you a tremendous opportunity to make more money, enjoy a flexible schedule, and satisfy your wanderlust.
What do travel speech language pathologists do?
An SLP is a highly-trained professional who evaluates and treats children and adults who have difficulty with speech, i.e., the “how-to” of talking—the coordination of the muscles and movements necessary to produce sound. People who are deaf or have some other form of hearing loss or those with any sort of language disorder can find it more difficult to communicate through speaking. This trouble with language may lead them to struggle with understanding what they hear and see in their environment. That’s where you come in; proper speech therapy is crucial to helping these individuals lead better and healthier lives.
An SLP also has the clinical skills to evaluate and treat children and adults who have difficulty swallowing food or liquid. Speech language pathologists can help identify what part of the swallowing process is making it difficult for someone to eat (e.g., chewing, manipulating food with the tongue, coordinating mouth and throat structures and muscles, breathing appropriately while eating).
Typical SLP Job Responsibilities:
- Perform diagnostic evaluations to determine speech, language, or swallowing problems
- Implements patient treatment plan based on assessment findings
- Explain treatment goals and benefits to patients and caregivers
- Collaborate with other healthcare professionals to provide optimal care for patients with communication or swallowing disorders
- Provides individuals with speech therapy exercises to practice, teaches patients techniques to improve communication skills or swallowing abilities
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 Travel SLP Jobs
Competitive payTraveling therapists are needed everywhere. Compensation packages for a traveling speech language pathologist give you the freedom to live in and explore you environment.
Per diemWhen you become a travel SLP, we give you weekly, tax-free per diems, or non taxable earnings to help cover daily expenses, like transportation and meals.
CertificationsState licenses and speech therapy certification costs are paid for because we want you to be a qualified rockstar!
Travel lifeWhen you take a travel SLP job, 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 SLP 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! We’re there through your entire travel journey to help you find therapy training, state license, and certifications 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. Fusion’s compliance team are experts in the allied travel space, and they work with your recruiter and the facility clinical manager through the credentialing process to make sure that you have all relevant credentials required for traveling SLP jobs.
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 speech language pathologist jobs pay?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a speech language pathologist in the United States is approximately $79,120. However, SLP travel job wages can vary significantly depending on factors such as geographical location, facility types, facility budgets, level of experience, specialization, and the sector in which the speech language pathology professional is employed. Travel SLP jobs often offer higher compensation than perm staff jobs, making the travel life a good path to achieve financial success.
What is the job outlook for travel SLP jobs?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for speech therapists is expected to grow by 25% from 2019 to 2029, a rate significantly faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is driven by several factors, including an increased awareness of speech and language disorders and their impact on academic and personal success. Other factors include an aging population who may experience medical conditions associated with speech and language impairments, and advancements in medical technology that improve the survival rate of premature infants and trauma and stroke patients, who may need assessment and treatment for speech and language disorders. As such, speech language pathologists will continue to be in high demand in various settings and sought after facilities, such as schools, hospitals, and private practice.
Where can a travel speech language pathologist work?
A traveling speech language pathologist has the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, depending on the specific needs of the populations they serve. Many speech therapy professionals work in the school setting such as in public and private schools, where exclusive speech therapy opportunities are available for students with speech and language disorders to improve their speech skills for academic success. Other speech therapists work in healthcare settings like hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, and residential health facilities where they assist patients in recovering communication and swallowing abilities following medical conditions like strokes or injuries.
How long is a typical travel speech therapist assignment?
In the United States, a typical travel speech pathologist assignment lasts 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.
I'm a new graduate. When can I start my travel SLP career?
For most travel therapists, you can jump right into the travel life you’ve always wanted as soon as you have your degree in hand. What degree that is will also depend on your therapy career. While physical therapists (PTs) require a doctoral degree, occupational therapists (OTs) and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) need their master’s degrees. After graduation, PT grads and OT grads can start traveling professionally right away, but SLPs must complete a clinical fellowship year and get certified before taking a travel position.
Do travel speech therapy jobs offer benefits?
Fusion offers three Medical plans from a long established healthcare network 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 travel jobs.