Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a valued field of work and if you’re curious about it, you’ve come to the right place. Not only can you find Occupational Therapy Travel Assignments here on Wanderly, but you can learn more about it right here.

The community of traveling healthcare providers is a wide array of professions, differently educated individuals, and unique opportunities depending on specialty. We work with many recruiters and agencies, and a very common theme is confusion surrounding the different “allied” positions available in this industry. Using the word “allied” can even come across as offensive to those whose professions fall into this category because each one is very different than the others. This term came about in an attempt to group the healthcare travelers that were not nurses into a specific division. We know there is ample confusion when it comes to the various professions in the “allied” division, especially when it comes to recruiters that typically work with nursing only divisions. In order to clear it up, we wanted to cover each profession and answer some frequently asked questions for our audience. To get started we will cover Occupational Therapists.

What is an Occupational Therapist?

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a form of therapy that involves utilizing everyday activities and movements to treat, regain, and improve function for patients with injuries, illnesses, and disabilities. Through assessments of patients with loss of function, Occupational Therapists develop rehabilitation plans both acutely and long-term depending on the individual. Various facilities will also have different patient demographics that will affect the job description, too.

Occupational Therapy helps with specific things such as:

  • Eating without assistance
  • Taking part in sports or leisure activities
  • Getting dressed and bathing
  • Doing laundry or basic house cleaning
Often times, Occupational Therapists go through some additional training while focusing on more specific treatments such as low vision, hand therapy, children, or older adults. For your first appointment, you’ll typically assess someone’s needs to create a customized treatment program. This means going to their home, school, etc to see what changes need to take place to improve the ability to perform their daily activities. This also includes recommending equipment that will aid in recovery.

Occupational Therapists are bachelors and master-level prepared therapists who make approximately $85,000 a year. 

What Does Traveling as an Occupational Therapist Look Like?

Occupational Therapy travel is very similar to travel nursing, in that OT’s find recruiters and an agency, build their pay package, submit for jobs, and interview. The largest difference is in the facility. There are a lot more skilled facilities open for Occupational Therapists than there are hospital positions. Here are some good topics to discuss with a recruiter before taking a position:

  • Pay Rate
  • Insurance
  • CEUs
  • Stipends
  • Housing
  • Pair travel
  • Student loan repayment
  • Meals and incidentals 
  • Car rentals
  • Referrals
  • Renewal bonuses

Does Wanderly Offer Occupational Therapy Positions?

Yes! Wanderly has a large amount of Occupational Therapy pay packages available for comparison on the platform. There are multiple agencies offering these positions, and all of the pay packages are fully detailed. You are able to filter your results based on what/where you are looking to for when it comes to a travel assignment. It may be difficult to go through the different positions offered by agencies, therefore, we have done it for you. You can learn about benefits, housing, CEUs, licensing, and insurance as well. 

Browse our Occupational Therapy Travel Assignments here.

There are plenty of options for Occupational Therapists, and it is important to understand their role in healthcare to properly serve them as an agency or recruiter. It is important to understand the intricacies of their day-to-day to assist with finding the best fit. We are proud to help with this initiative.

If you’re new to Wanderly, welcome and thanks for stopping by our community. We offer a platform that helps travel healthcare professionals find their travel assignments in an empowered way. Compare fully detailed travel assignments from the top paying agencies and use 1 universal application for all future assignments. Join for free today! Then you can get started on finding your next dream travel assignment.

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