Top 5 Reasons to Choose Locum Tenens

Locum Tenens is a lifestyle career choice. The title is Latin for  “placeholder” which also makes this career path a lifestyle that is all about freedom. You get to control the balance between work and life and the opportunities are everywhere. Being a healthcare provider is already a rewarding career, but in order to get the most out of it, below are the 5 perks of choosing a Locum Tenens lifestyle.


Once you start a career, the idea of traveling the world and seeing new cultures, or even just the other side of the country, tends to fly out the window. With a Locum Tenens position, you have the opportunity to be in part time assignments in some of the most amazing places around the world. One doctor took her love for traveling and combined it with her passion of practicing medicine to serve in West Africa.


Assignments for Locum Tenens can range from two weeks to a few months or even a year. A common myth is that this profession is unstable and what if at the end of your assignment you don’t have another one ready? ICON Locum Tenens actually sets up the next assignment for doctors and pays for malpractice and travel expenses so that there is no stress with what’s next.  With the physician shortage crisis, there are always temporary opportunities available that hospitals are looking to fill. There are also more options of working a full seven days a week and then taking a week off or however you want to plan your schedule. Again, the word here is freedom.

Test and Try

With the freedom to choose when, where, and how often you work you also have the opportunity of experiencing different work environments. This is the idea of testing out which environment you thrive in before you decide to make it a more permanent decision and home.

Overhead-Free Income

Unlike doctors that own their own practice, Locum Tenens earn an overhead-free income, which means the money they make does not go back into the facility. This is extremely helpful for residents trying to pay off student loans immediately. Locum Tenens are paid with a fixed rate that isn’t influenced by what procedures are done or how many patients are seen, but rather how many hours are worked.

Semi-Retiree Option

Mid- to late- career physicians can enjoy the perks of continuing to practice medicine and being part of a team without all the administrative hassles. Semi-Retirees also have the option of picking the ultimate destination spots for relaxing time off.

For Locum Tenens positions available right now, contact ICON Locum Tenens today and start your next adventure.