Travel and Healthcare Are the Perfect Mix

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Do you want a career where you can help others? Do you love being in the medical industry, but want to travel the world while you’re doing it? 

There are many medical professions where you can travel, see the world, and do your job, all at the same time. Here are just a few:

Travel Nurse: According to, a travel nurse is a nurse who is hired to work in a specific location for a limited amount of time. Travel nurses typically work 13 week periods in one area, and move around the country depending on where they are needed. The reason why travel nurses are needed is because some places have limited staffing, so when some want to take vacation or get sick, for example, the hospital may need nurses to fill in.

Here you get to choose your assignment: If there is one in Madrid, for example, you can choose to accept that and live in Spain for 13 weeks. Travel nurses make excellent salaries but it’s hard to compare because what might be a high cost of living in one area, might be a low cost of living in another.

However, here’s the best part, your living arrangements are paid for and, depending on the company you work for, you will receive medical insurance. 

Of course, you need the right training and credentials necessary to become a travel nurse, which means you must go to nursing school and obtain the credentials necessary to become an RN.

Healthcare Consultant: If you know the healthcare industry – whether it’s on the financial, legal, medical protocol, patient care or marketing side-- your expertise may just earn you some free travel.  Healthcare consultants might be paid to travel to areas that need you to work with their hospital staff, board of directors, and physicians and nurses. You might be able to give keynote speeches at hospital board meetings or work on major projects. Healthcare consultants should have significant years of experience at their position.

Healthcare IT: You don’t need to be a nurse or a doctor to work in the healthcare field. Hospitals and facilities need to run efficiently and to have proper access to medical records. Therefore, healthcare IT is a hot field for computer experts. If you are a website or software developer you can be hired to travel to various hospitals and healthcare facilities to work on their computer infrastructure.

Pharmaceutical sales representatives: Can you sell ice to an Eskimo? If so, a job in pharmaceutical sales might be perfect for you. Pharmaceutical sales reps travel the country selling medication and even medical equipment to hospitals and physicians offices. You do not need an advanced degree, although some companies may require that you have a college degree. Many companies will train sales reps, but some sales background will be a plus for you.

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