7 Reasons Why You Should Consider Becoming a Locum Doctor

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7 Reasons Why You Should Consider Becoming a Locum Doctor

A lot of students who graduate from medical school seriously consider becoming locum doctors until they find their first permanent employment. Such a post is far from ideal because you are basically treating other people’s patients which prevents you from establishing long-term rapport with people in need. However, there are many pros of becoming a locum doctor, such as better pay. You need to know all the pros and cons of this profession in order to determine is this the right career path you wish to take.

1. Higher salary

On average, locums earn 6 figures annually, which make locum doctor among the highly paid professions. Of course, this amount applies only if you work full hours, i.e. you can find enough posts to fill in succession. Considering the state healthcare is global, this should not be a problem, especially in the West.

2. Solopreneurship

One of the reasons behind the fact that locum doctors are paid more than general physicians is the fact that they are paid by the hour. This means that your work is paid more than the GP you are covering for, which is a bit ironic when you come to think of it.

This means that you are basically a solopreneur, which is quite rare in the medical profession because medical staff usually works for a hospital or a clinic, whether it’s funded by a government or a private company. Since you are self-employed, you will be able to claim more expenses against your tax bill. As a result, your coffers will be fuller than the one of your colleagues who drone on from 9 to 5.

3. Flexible work hours

Another advantage of being a freelance doctor is the fact that you have better control of your work hours and subsequently, your free time. Essentially, you get to choose where you work and for how long. This means that you won’t have to ask anyone if you can take days off to go for a vacation; all you have to do is let the hospital’s management know in advance when you won’t be available for work. 

Furthermore, you always have the opportunity to increase your earning by working overtime. If there aren’t enough hours available at one hospital, you can always head to another institution to supplement your income. Sure, this might be a hassle in terms of commuting but it’s a small price to pay for being in control of your free time.

4. Choosing your employer

If a colleague ever told you what a toxic work environment looked like, you will never have to find out for yourself. Namely, if you think that a particular doctor’s office has poor interpersonal relations or their professional standards are far too low, you always have the possibility to quit that job, regardless of the pay. There are always good practices that are in the need of a reliable locum doctor who will treat you fairly, both in terms of remuneration for your work and respect from colleagues.

5. Change is good in this line of work

Internal politics of a medical facility, as well as the accompanying bureaucracy, have killed many promising careers. However, you will never stay in one office long enough for the torpidness of an average workday to get to you.

An ambitious locum doctor is constantly on the move looking for new opportunities both in terms of pay and professional challenges. As far as the latter is concerned, you will have a chance to learn from tens of doctors with different work philosophies and treatment methods.

6. Gaining experience

As we have said in the introduction, the position of a locum doctor is ideal for young doctors freshly out of med school. They are hungry for experience and the post of locum doctor provides them with the opportunity to work with different physicians, learn new methods, pick up tricks and tricks, and learn how medical institutions functions operate on a daily basis (no pun intended).

Of course, these benefits are something that every doctor, experienced as he or she is, hopes for in order to advance their career. Finally, locum doctors will also learn how some organizations are mismanagement so they will know to stay clear of such practices in the future. 

7. Better work/life balance

Having a lot of free time when you work part-time isn’t always a good thing. Many people simply have no idea with free time so they take up heavy drinking or other vices, which is devastating for a young medical worker.

In this sense, a locum doctor has the advantage that they can always seek that ideal work/life balance, allowing them to have enough free time for the things they love, yet not too much time to make serious life mistakes. The best thing is that they get paid for all the extra hours they put in at work. 

Finally, being a locum doctor is not all that perfect because you are basically unemployed and have to actively seek employment opportunities. On the other side, this position is ideal for aspiring young individuals willing to prove their worth.  

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Ron Wolf is a hobby designer a DIY enthusiast, and a very blessed father of two. He has a strong passion for writing. If he is not working he enjoys being outside with his family.

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