Travel, as a career path, presents a whole new level of freedom and adventure. As a travel pharmacy professional you can take assignments in cities and towns all across the United States. Standard assignments last 13 to 26 weeks and usually include free, private housing and travel reimbursement… along with a list of other benefits that can vary based on company.
From New York and Los Angeles to Anchorage and Honolulu… the list of places to go and explore while doing what you love is endless. Have an open mind and wanderlust and you’ll love everything this career path has to offer.
Of course, a few helpful tips will make getting settled as a traveler even easier:
Ultimately, being a traveler can help you build a better résumé and will make you more marketable as a pharmacy professional.
Choosing to work per diem is an excellent option if flexibility is one of your main concerns. Per diem pharmacy positions allows you to work when you want to. Usually, you are picking up shifts for either unexpected staffing vacancies, due to illness, or planned leave, like vacation. Once you register with a staffing agency, they will call you as needs arise.
As a pharmacy professional who is already working full-time, you may choose to pick up per diem shifts during your off days or even off hours to supplement your income. Also, pharmacy professionals who are nearing retirement age but are not ready to leave the profession can choose per diem assignments as a way to take the stress down a level. Picking up a shift here and there allows you to experience different settings without all the “office politics” that come a long with a permanent position.
Per diem positions afford you the chance to add flexibility to your career — a benefit that you won’t find with many other professions.
Taking a temp-to-perm position is a great way to test the working environment for both you and the organization. It allows both parties the chance to see if the “chemistry” is right and whether is will work on a long-term basis.
Many times a position might not be labeled as a temp-to-perm opportunity because the client doesn’t want to create false hope for a candidate that might turn out to be the “wrong” fit. A temporary position, like a local contract, might end up becoming a permanent offer if the pharmacy professional completes the team perfectly. It’s never a bad idea to think about whether a temporary opportunity might be a perfect full-time position.
Many pharmacy professionals become permanent members of a staff at some point in their career. In fact, working at least one year in a pharmacy environment is often required before venturing down any other career path, such as travel. As permanent pharmacist, pharmacy technician or assistant, you have the added security of knowing where you’ll be working until you decide to make a change.
When looking for a permanent position, you may choose to find the right job through a permanent placement staffing agency. By choosing to pursue a career this way, you can allow the agency to do much of the legwork for you.
However you choose to find the permanent job that’s right for you… you will enjoy the confidence that comes with having a staff position at any type of pharmacy facility. You will have a set schedule as well as an agreed upon benefits package. In addition, you can choose what type of clinical surrounding you feel comfortable with, from retail, hospitals, mail order, long-term care, home health, industrial, clinical and nuclear.
Some may view local contracts as somewhere between a travel assignment and per diem. Taking local contracts offers a pharmacy profession job security for a longer period of time than a per diem shift without having to go on staff in a permanent position.
Local contracts can be an ideal option for any one that has other personal obligations outside of work, where a full-time position might be hard to balance. Local contracts offer the flexibility of choosing when you want to work… if a contract is too long, you can turn it down. These opportunities can vary in length, from a few days to upwards of 13 weeks.
Local contracts are also a great option for pharmacy professionals who want to experience different clinical environments and teams before deciding on where to work full-time. Contracts allow you to really experience the daily working atmosphere of a facility. If you find you really like a certain hospital or retail space, you can pursue a permanent opportunity in the future.