Locum Tenens and the Job Outlook for Doctors During Pandemic

May 19, 2020

While unemployment rates reach frightening levels across industries nationwide, many people are left wondering, “what’s next?” Fortunately for some, the future is bright. The job outlook for doctors remains optimistic, with some expecting an increase in demand after the pandemic. 

Face-to-face with uncertainty 

It hasn’t all been smooth sailing for doctors. Physicians across the country have come face-to-face with uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the coronavirus is forcing providers to ask their patients to avoid scheduling an in-office appointment for preventative or chronic care, resulting in fewer patients and a lack of income. 

The future is bright 

If you are a provider whose practice has been impacted negatively by the coronavirus, or perhaps you are looking for additional income, locum tenens work can help.

According to a recent survey, around 85% of healthcare facilities use locum tenens providers to fill care gaps. Even during these uncertain times, there are locums positions available that can meet your needs and help you bring in income while business at your practice is down. The best part is, locum tenens jobs are flexible and can work around your schedule, so if you want to work at your practice and pick up a few locum tenens shifts, that is completely doable. 

Another advantage of locum tenens is the pay rate is typically higher compared to permanent staff positions. This is due to several factors including facility need, location, and specialty. Of course, there are other advantages too, like decreasing burnout, which you can read about here. 

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