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2019 Job Trends

(If you’re here for a HOT OR Travel Nurse job, scroll down to the bottom!)

It’s awesome to start looking at Operating Room (OR) travel nurse job trends and numbers. The travel healthcare industry can change quickly. Where the hot jobs are and what settings are in highest demand for travel nurses is not the same year to year. As you are deciding where to go next or if you are even ready to take the leap, knowing the market is very important.

In the past, the only way to find out this information was actually calling recruitment companies. Not only is this time consuming, you have to know the right questions to ask and you have to hope the recruiter you got on the phone is telling you the full truth.

But no longer. We are thrilled to have this resource for you so you have a great resource to see what the OR Travel Nurse job trends look like for you today. This is a compilation of dozens of agencies, big and small, that shared their data with us so we could create something really special for you- OR travel nurses!

 And keep on coming back- We will have brand new job trends out every quarter!

OR Travel Nurse

Estimated Number of Job Openings by State

Summer Forecast 2019

When you start researching or talking to travel nursing companies, one thing you will hear is “We staff in all 50 states.”

As you can see below, opportunity is not spread equally. While a company may staff in all 50 states and maintain relationships with facilities nation-wide, they might be able to staff in all 50 states at the time you are needing a position. Being able to find an assignment depends entirely on the availability of that position. So although recruiters can work wonders for us, we travelers always have to remember to be flexible and keep an open mind on where to travel.

This map is a compilation of what Nomadicare sees for the OR travel nurse job market this season based on positions reported with our amazing Nomadicare recruiters and their companies.


What this means for OR Travel Nurses…

It’s still warm out there, but we have seen it be hotter the first half of this year. It may be time to be more flexible in your location or start date, do some license research and still stay active on your job search. Opportunities are out there!

Tips from Nomadicare for Operating room Travel Nursing…

Location, Location, Location! It’s so important to be flexible even with a good market. California is holding strong with the most available positions for our OR nurses. Some locations that may be best for our OR nurses wanting to travel this summer could be:

  • California

  • Texas

  • Washington

  • New York

But always remember that flexibility still is and always will be key! The market ebbs and flows throughout the year, as you can see our chart below (shows quite a fluctuation between November 2018 and today) and you may have seen more opportunities if you were looking a month or two ago compared to this summer. However, right now it’s pretty warm out there as summer approaches, and we think it is only going to get warmer in the next few months. Let’s just say it’s a GREAT time to be looking!

When checking out the map above, also consider, “Where am I licensed?” With your licenses, many states are adopting the compact license and making life as a travel nurse a little easier. You can learn about the NLC (Nurse Licensure Compact - and find your way to these dream opportunities across the country. As you can see, there are a handful of positions available many states, so it’s best to be prepared for several locations! If you’re an experienced traveler or are ready to start the travel life, it’s a good time to start preparing and exploring opportunities. This includes getting a recruiter on your team so they can keep an eye on the market and find you a job in the best place for you.

Our advice to OR Travel Nurses: Be flexible on location and the dream is real! Some states are hotter than others but the market seems pretty solid all around, although fluctuation should always be expected. Talk with a recruiter and get your plans out there to increase your chances for that dream job!


Please remember that we at Nomadicare are basing all statistics and estimates on this page on information provided by our recruiters and partners. It is here to give you our very best estimate on the job market this quarter with information we have in hand.

Looking good out there! check out these hot operating room TRAVEL nurse jobs below and get matched to the Nomadicare recruiter who has that job!