It is worth stating that locum tenens has become wildly popular in the American healthcare system. Just like any other popular thing it has become bombarded with facts and misconceptions about it.
There are some people that believe that one cannot build a full time career from locum tenens. There are people that belief that locum tenens is so unreliable such that they would not even consider it as a full time career. In the past locum tenens might have been inconsistent but due to its uptake by most health facilities then this has changed and most hospitals have openings designed around this concept. A lot of hospitals have adopted the locum tenens models thus there is plenty of work available.
A known fact is that locum tenens was first popular among providers that had a full time job. This is true because initially it was providers that had a private practice or a full time job that used locums as way to get extra income. Over the last copule of years many hospitals have designed work programs that enable full time healthcare providers to work in their facilities. Most healthcare providers design a working schedule that allows healthcare providers to moonlight or work over the weekends.
Times have changed and locum tenens is no longer just a side hustle but a full time career. One of the merits of locum tenens is the varied work environment that allows practitioners experience new advances in medicine in various areas. Locum tenen is an easy entry point for graduates to gain work experience as they look for a full time job. Locum tenens gives the healthcare provider the chance to sample out various career options before settling on one.
For people that like to travel then locum tenens offers the advantage between work and leisure. Healthcare providers can look for locums in vacation destinations like Los Angeles which is near beaches and has many ski resorts. They can also opt to work in facilities near national parks and even near the wilderness if they are the adventurous type. Working in such places enables the provider not only make money while they are there but also get a chance to tour the place without the constraints that come with holding down a full time job.
Locum tenens has evolved over the years from being a gig that someone did when they are free to a full time career that can be leveraged to gain so many things that may not be available in a full time position.