What is the Future of Travel Nursing Careers?
America's demand for nursing care is expected to balloon over the next 20 years. The future demand for nurses is expected to increase dramatically when the baby boomers reach their 60s and beyond. The population aged 65 years and older will double from 2000 to 2030. Furthermore, the population aged 85 and older is the fastest growing age group in the U.S. The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks the occupation of nursing as having the seventh highest projected job growth in the United States.
Travel nursing jobs will continue to exist as long as there is a strong demand for qualified, professional health care providers. Workforce studies and interviews show that the number of travel nursing jobs will increase due to several factors: a shortage of nursing staff in many hospitals throughout the nation, the need for specialty nurses, and a desire for a traveling, exciting lifestyle. So far it is clear that health care facilities will continue to use employees from travel nursing agencies, but how will the supply of travel nurses measure up? Nurses have participated in specific surveys that measure their satisfaction with travel nursing jobs, the lifestyle of travel nursing, and the way they see their careers advancing in travel nursing positions. Such studies have been conducted by numerous travel nursing agencies in order to measure the level of satisfaction of traveling nurses as well as take corrective measures when needed.
Furthermore, employment of technologists in all modalities within radiology is projected to grow 21% from 2014 to 2022, which is faster than the average for any other occupation. Although most of this growth will be within the hospitals, many new jobs will be created in physicians’ offices and outpatient imaging centers. With the shift towards outpatient care vs hospital care, these areas will see tremendous growth. Federal health legislation is another major contributor to the positive outlook and demand for imaging technologists. With so much of the population now having access to health insurance, patients now can obtain the health care they were avoiding, or simply unaware.