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20 Top Cities for Locum Tenens Jobs in 2020

By Melissa Wirkus Hagstrom, contributor

Among the hundreds of cities that have locum tenens jobs across the country, a few tend to get a larger share of interest.  Many are medium-to-large cities that have plenty of healthcare employers looking for physicians and advanced practitioners on a temporary basis; others are fun and unique locations that promise to provide a travel experience you’ll never forget.

So, if you’re seeking a new place to work locum tenens in 2020, check out the top picks for this year from the recruiters at Locum Leaders. You just might find the destination for your next assignment.

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20 Top Locum Tenens Destinations for 2020

1. Alexandria, Virginia
Enjoying a close proximity to Washington, DC, Alexandria is a mecca for history buffs, with a charm all its own. Throughout the city you will find original brick sidewalks and well-preserved 18th- and 19th-century buildings. Locum tenens providers can choose from a variety of assignments, plus numerous attractions to enjoy on their days off, including Old Town Alexandria and the nearby Mt. Vernon.

2. Bangor, Maine
There are few cities in America where you can go for a boat ride on a lake, see a moose crossing the street and then end your day with a lobster roll and chowder for dinner. But that is all possible if you take a locum tenens assignment in a town like Bangor. Healthcare professionals can enjoy plenty of assignment choices with a side of New England charm.

3. Barrow, Alaska
While its name may be unfamiliar, Barrow, Alaska, is known as the northernmost city in the United States; it is also an ideal destination for locum tenens professionals seeking adventure and a way to serve an underserved community. This rural community often has locum tenens jobs available, and a diverse patient population including many Native Americans. Just picture yourself on the Alaskan Frontier, spending your days off ice fishing, enjoying snow sports or marveling at the Northern Lights!

4. Boston, Massachusetts
Not surprisingly, Boston made the list of our top 20 destinations for locum tenens, with its excellent network of healthcare facilities and countless amenities. Boston is a cultural and sports mecca that is deeply rooted in America’s history, yet with an approach that allows this New England star to always stay on the cutting-edge. Whether you choose an assignment in Boston proper, across the Charles River in Cambridge (home to Harvard University), or in other nearby towns, your locum experience here will be one to remember.

5. Dallas, Texas
The Dallas/Fort Worth area offers clinicians both professional and personal opportunities. It’s home to a dynamic healthcare industry as well as countless other perks like expansive parks, countless shopping venues, popular restaurants, outdoor activities, sporting events, and so much more.

6. Honolulu, Hawaii
Dreaming of taking your practice to a tropical paradise? Look no further than Honolulu! Imagine putting in a full shift of fulfilling work and then swapping your scrubs for flip flops to hit the beach. Or you may prefer to hike through lush rainforests or experience the laid-back nightlife in the capital city. With Honolulu as your home base, a locum tenens assignment in Hawaii could become the travel adventure of a lifetime.

7. Houston, Texas
With a thriving healthcare industry, it’s no surprise that Houston is a hot-bed for locum tenens job opportunities. Clinicians can use their skills where they are needed most and make an impact in the community. Time off can be spent exploring Houston’s famous Space Center, zoo or numerous museums. Locum tenens can also enjoy the city’s unique neighborhoods, restaurants, sporting venues, breweries and shopping destinations.

8. Indianapolis, Indiana
Indianapolis, or “Indy,” is the most populous city in the state, and visitors here will find no shortage of things to do. Highlights include the Indianapolis Zoo, White River State Park and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is the world’s largest automobile racetrack. Locum tenens jobs can be found in Indianapolis and surrounding communities like Carmel, which is often ranked among the best cities in the country to live by Niche and U.S. News.

9. Kansas City, Missouri
As the largest city in Missouri, Kansas City offers plenty of opportunity for locum tenens jobs and plenty of fun to be had on your days off. KCMO, which it is often abbreviated as, is known for its sports, music, and arts scene—and of course that world-famous barbeque!

10. Las Cruces, New Mexico
The city’s slogan is “mountains of opportunity,” and that is definitely true for locum tenens professionals considering an assignment in the Southwest. Surrounded by both mountains and miles of desert, Las Cruces is a unique destination for those looking for a slower pace of life. If you are looking to explore other areas of New Mexico, locum tenens jobs can also be found in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and other cities.

11. Los Angeles, California
The City of Angels is an eclectic melting pot that is home to Hollywood royalty, world-famous amusement parks, unparalleled shopping and some of the best restaurants in the country. Whether you like to hike on your time off or explore all of the landmarks and sites that are featured in some of your favorite movies, LA is where all of your dreams can come true. Opportunities for locum tenens can be found across the city and surrounding areas, from Burbank to Pico Rivera to Beverly Grove and Westlake.

12. Medford, Oregon
Located in Southern Oregon, Medford is home to a thriving performing arts scene, beautiful trails and parks, and several wineries on the outskirts of town. Some locum tenens jobs can also be found 30 miles northwest of Medford in the charming town of Grants Pass. Outdoor enthusiasts are sure to enjoy this scenic location, with plenty of options for hiking, camping and rafting down the Rogue River.

13. Memphis, Tennessee
If music is your thing, then consider taking a locum tenens assignment to Memphis. Here, you’ll have the ability to walk in the footsteps of some of music’s royalty--including Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. The locals will also be happy to introduce you to the famous Memphis-style barbeque, one of the largest urban parks in the country, and some true Southern hospitality. The upscale suburb of Germantown also offers plenty of options for outdoor enthusiasts, plus locally-owned restaurants and boutiques.

14. New York, New York
Often called the greatest city in the world, New York City (NYC) is where dreams are realized—and that can include your dream of taking an epic locum tenens assignment! From the famous theaters on Broadway to the Statue of Liberty in the harbor, New York offers endless choices for sightseeing, dining, shopping, nightlife and entertainment. Locum clinicians can choose to work in any of the five boroughs, including the Bronx and Brooklyn.

15. Orange County, California
Just about an hour from Los Angeles lies the iconic destination of Orange County. “The OC” is home to miles of beautiful coastline, a rich performing arts community, charming beach towns, and that famous Southern California vibe. Whether you choose locum tenens jobs in Anaheim, Orange, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, or other OC cities, you can find a variety of practice settings and nearby amenities—including world-class shopping venues, scenic harbors, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, year-round farmer’s markets, fun dining options and so much more. 

16. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
With four centuries of history, awe-inspiring architecture, world-class museums, and so much more around every corner of “Philly,” you’ll never run out of new experiences on a locum tenens assignment here. In fact, the city was recently named one of the 25 must-visit destinations in the world in 2020 by National Geographic Traveler

While on assignment, you can spend your days off exploring the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, Ben Franklin’s old haunts, cobblestone streets with famous eateries, and much more.

17. San Francisco Bay Area, California
The San Francisco Bay Area is a hot spot for locum tenens jobs, with positions often available in San Francisco proper, Palo Alto, Berkeley, Walnut Creek and many nearby towns. The Bay Area features a variety of fun and interesting things to when you are not practicing medicine. From world-renowned restaurants and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz and the famous Napa Valley wineries nearby, the San Francisco Bay Area is a must-see destination for locums in 2020.

18. Seattle, Washington
From the iconic Space Needle to the trendy boutiques, markets and restaurants that dot the streets of downtown Seattle, this gem of the Pacific Northwest is teeming with exciting energy and opportunity. Locum tenens can find jobs in top facilities and smaller practices throughout The Emerald City’s many neighborhoods. 

19. Stockton/Modesto, California
With Sacramento to the north, Yosemite National Park to the east, and San Francisco to the west, Stockton and nearby cities like Modesto and Manteca are nestled in a prime California location. Locum practitioners looking for a relaxed lifestyle with less hustle and bustle will find themselves right at home in any of these great cities, with easy access to the best The Golden State has to offer.

20. Tampa Bay, Florida 
The principal cities in the Tampa Bay region include Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Brandon and Spring Hill— and locum tenens in 2020 can find plenty of assignments throughout this area in a variety of clinical settings and practice areas. You’ll also find plenty to do here, from taking in the thrills at Busch Gardens to boating and golfing, to exploring the new river walk and historic neighborhoods that are now home to hip restaurants and shops.

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