Whenever there is uncertainty, whether it’s political, economic or specific to your career field, you want to make sure your income is the best it can be. If you’ve chosen travel nursing, there’s good news. Registerednursing.org recently reported that this is an excellent time to choose nursing as a career. Employment opportunities are still strong; the pay is attractive. And there is one way to capitalize on the opportunities in the field, while enjoying even higher pay than that of many staff nurses: travel nursing.
Along with college professors, interior designers, management analysts and software designers, travel nurses earn high pay and enjoy flexible schedules — and it’s worth noting that industry experts foresee growing demand for skilled travel nurses and travel therapists well into the next decade.
Nurses can work long hours. But travel nurses can work long hours with scheduled time off between assignments — if they so choose. You can arrange for short-time postings to great locales, or long-term ones once you find a niche.
Traveling generally requires you to be a degreed and licensed RN, and to have at least a year’s experience in a hospital setting. Jobs for registered nurses are expected to continue to boom, employment for registered nurses is expected to increase 16% by 2024, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Average RN pay was $68,450 in May 2016, with the highest earners netting over six figures.