What Are the Benefits of Traveling Jobs for Pediatricians?

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Traveling medical jobs offer numerous benefits and opportunities for growth and career expansion. Pediatricians can take temporary assignments lasting several months or sign up for positions abroad where medical expertise is often badly needed. A variety of employment agencies offer temporary positions in the United States, and many hospitals overseas regularly advertise for skilled pediatricians.

Experience

  • Temporary traveling pediatrician jobs are a great way to gain experience, particularly for the recent graduate or physician who is seeking an expanded horizon in his area of specialty. Continuing technological advancements in the field of medicine provide plenty of opportunities for pediatricians to gain cutting-edge experience, and a traveling medical position is an excellent way to cross-train in associated specialties.

Variety

  • Medical staffing agencies routinely offer temporary positions for as little as 13 months at a time. A pediatrician who has fulfilled the requirements of an assignment can apply to remain at her facility of choice or request a different assignment. Pediatricians who sign on with staffing agencies can generally indicate the geographical area and type of facility in which they wish to work. They can also specify their preference for full-time or part-time work.

Expense

  • Traveling pediatricians are usually assigned to hospitals, medical clinics or another form of medical facility and are not required to staff their own professional offices. Overhead is therefore less than it would be for a private practice, resulting in potentially higher pay for the physician. Physicians who hire abroad in developing nations often benefit from a lower cost of living. Some living expenses are often covered by the host facility when working abroad, resulting in increased savings for the physician.

Travel

  • Traveling pediatrician jobs are ideal for individuals who enjoy traveling. It is a great way to see foreign countries and experience new cultures. Some employers pay for relocation costs abroad, as well as air transportation for periodic visits to the physician's home country. Pediatricians who speak a second language or are willing to learn the host language are often preferred as candidates, and in many cases this also provides increased opportunities for travel within the host country.

Benefits

  • Traveling pediatricians are often eligible for health, dental and, life insurance and pension benefits on top of a competitive salary. A per diem allowance is sometimes included in the pay to offset the increased cost of a temporary stay. Continuing education costs are often reimbursed, and in some facilities licensure reimbursement is provided, as well as a sign-on bonus for full-time contract employees. Traveling physicians working in the United States are usually eligible for the same holiday benefits as standard full-time employees.

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