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Top 12 Locations for Locum Jobs in 2022

The year is buzzing along, but there’s still time to take a locum tenens job before it is over. Great pay, career-enhancing opportunities and other personal and professional benefits could be yours with a locum job in 2022.

The recruiters at AMN Healthcare report that there is a wide variety of locum tenens locations to choose from, in all 50 states, but some states have more opportunities than others.

Whether you want to immerse yourself in the colorful fall foliage in the Northeast or you're looking for a West Coast beach adventure this winter, read on to discover the 12 states with the greatest opportunities for locum tenens physicians and advanced practitioners.

The Top 12 States for Locum Tenens

1. California

The Golden State’s nickname holds true for clinicians looking to accelerate their earning potential. Our recruiters report that California consistently pays some of the most competitive rates in the nation. Locum tenens professionals will find numerous opportunities across specialties and practice areas including anesthesiology, family medicine, radiology and countless other disciplines.

Opportunities can be found throughout the state, from the gorgeous palm trees and desert landscapes found in Rancho Mirage to the numerous beach towns in Southern California, to the charming rivers and lakes of Northern California towns such as Redding and Eureka.

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2. Florida

Are you looking for an assignment that feels more like a tropical beach vacation than a job? Then you might want to consider the fabulous locum tenens location of Panama City, Florida. With 27-miles of gorgeous beaches with pristine white sand, Panama City is a great option for locums looking to escape those winter blues.

There are plenty of other options throughout The Sunshine State, too. Consider Jacksonville, Ocala, Miami, Pensacola or Tampa to end 2022 on a high note.

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3. Illinois

Whether you are a Midwesterner looking for an assignment close to home, or you’re simply seeking an assignment to change up your current situation, chances are there is a locum job in Illinois that will fit the bill.

One favorite destination for locum jobs is the bustling city of Chicago, of course, with its world-class dining and shopping, a stunning skyline and so much more. Yet there are plenty of locations throughout the state that have amazing amenities and healthcare systems that could use your skills and experience. Mount Vernon, Chester, Aurora and Oak Lawn are all excellent options with a variety of locum jobs in 2022 across many practice settings.

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4. Indiana

From the bigger cities of Indianapolis and Fort Wayne to the lesser-known towns of Crown Point or Plymouth, the state of Indiana has something to offer just about every type of practitioner. Outdoor activities are abundant, including hiking, leaf peeping, and numerous fall festivals for the next few months, followed by ice skating, tubing and sledding at the top of the winter attractions list.

Not sure where you want to live and work? Indiana offers a combination of city life and the more relaxed feeling found in smaller communities and rural areas.

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5. Michigan

Gorgeous lakes, action-packed football games, and Saturdays spent sipping cider -- this could be your fall agenda with a locum tenens job in Michigan. Grand Rapids generally has several opportunities available, with other fun locations for locums ranging from Muskegon to Lansing, to Traverse City and the revitalized city of Detroit.

The Mount Pleasant area is also teeming with assignments. Locum tenens physicians can enjoy everything from kayaking and incredible golf courses to fun times at the local casino.

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6. North Carolina

North Carolina is a unique state where picturesque nature and modern city life come together to form an attractive lifestyle. With the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the states of Georgia and South Carolina to the south and Virginia to the north, The Tar Heel State is the perfect destination for a locum tenens practitioner looking to explore.

A locum contract in North Carolina wouldn’t be complete without taking in the scenic views found in the Great Smoky Mountains. If an urban setting is more your scene, not to worry, there is plenty of shopping, dining and nightlife to be found in cities such as Raleigh, Asheville and Winston Salem.

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7. New York

From the awe-inspiring streets of Manhattan to the gorgeous wide open spaces of Upstate, New York is always a favorite when it comes to locum tenens locations.

The areas of Syracuse, Rochester and Cortland often have a variety of assignments available. These locations are also a quick drive from one another, making it possible to take a back-to-back locum tenens job in one of these cities without having to switch up your housing.

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8. Pennsylvania

During fall and winter, Pennsylvania offer visitors a plethora of things to do, see and explore. Along with numerous historic sites, the state is also home to several impressive mountains and gorgeous state parks where you can partake in everything from snowboarding and cross-country skiing to the more exotic activity of airboarding!

Pennsylvania offers physicians and advanced practitioners an array of locum jobs in 2022, with plenty of activities to keep you busy.

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9. Texas

The great state of Texas, where everything is bigger, may be one of the best locations to super-size your locum tenens career. The Lone Star State offers a unique lifestyle that encompasses major metropolises, charming farm towns, collegiate cities and sensational sporting events.

Across specialties, clinicians can find opportunities from the historic town of San Antonio to the charming towns of Laredo and Amarillo. Of course, Houston and Dallas are always popular destinations, as well, with their big-city amenities and prestigious health systems, including academic medical centers.

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10. Virginia

Want to fall in love with your next locum tenens job? Virginia might be the state for you. This beautiful state makes it easy to fall head over heels with the stunning displays of fall foliage around every corner. Grayson Highlands State Park, Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and Potomac Heritage Trail are just a few of the noteworthy places to see the striking colors of yellows, oranges, reds and deep browns all season long. You’ll also find a wealth of beautiful places to explore, from Chesapeake Bay to Washington, DC.

Locum jobs in 2022 are plentiful in cities like Roanoke, Salem, and Martinsville, and a recruiter can provide the latest updates.

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11. Washington

Imagine getting off shift after a fulfilling day of work and watching the sunset over the stunning Mt. Olympus or Mt. Rainier…this could be your reality with a locum tenens assignment in Washington State. Tacoma and Yakima are great for outdoor types, and Seattle, Bellingham and Spokane offer a combination of exciting city life surrounded by some of the most awesome beauty found in nature.

Plus, a locum assignment in Washington offers the rare opportunity to possibly take a short trip to Canada or Alaska on your days off. So get out there and see this Pacific Northwest gem!

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12. Wisconsin

With so much more to appreciate than the clichés of cheese and beer, Wisconsin offers beautiful landscapes and a variety of location options for locum tenens professionals seeking fall and winter assignments. In addition to the big hitters such as Milwaukee, Eau Claire and Green Bay, there are several other under-rated gems that are excellent options for locum tenens destinations.

Ever heard of Kenosha? This Wisconsin city on Lake Michigan has gorgeous waterfront views in addition to a robust cultural scene including several nice museums, music venues and art galleries and exhibits.

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Choose your favorite locum tenens destination

The beauty of locum tenens assignments is that they allow you to choose where and when you work. Plus, the AMN Healthcare team is here to help you through every step of the process, starting with selecting from hundreds of opportunities in an array of locum tenens locations.

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Additional Locum Tenens Resources

While you continue your physician job search for the perfect position, AMN Healthcare provides great resources to keep your career moving in the right direction. Begin the application process now, and then learn more about how AMN Healthcare can help you keep your career on the move.

  • EAP: Our locum tenens gain access to a valuable set of Employee Assistance Program benefits.
  • Physician Jobs by Specialty: Explore physician jobs and learn about hourly salaries and the benefits of working locum tenens.
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  • Candidate Benefits: AMN Healthcare takes care of our locum tenens with a variety of amazing benefits. Check out what's in store for our locums. 
  • Physician Licensing: Check out how we help move your career in amazing directions, both professionally and geographically. 
  • More Physician Resources: Use the content here to learn everything you need to know about our physician recruitment process.

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