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Travel Guides August 11, 2023

The Healthcare Professional’s Guide to Dallas–Fort Worth

Introduction to the Dallas–Fort Worth Area

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the abundance of healthcare opportunities found throughout the state. From Amarillo to Corpus Christi, and everywhere in between, Texas is an excellent place to gain valuable clinical skills. However, the lion’s share of the healthcare jobs in Texas can be found in the Dallas–Fort Worth area.

Widely known as the economic and cultural hub of North Texas, Dallas–Fort Worth is also referred to as DFW (the local airport code) or the Metroplex. A total of 7,637,387 people call the Dallas–Fort Worth–metropolitan area home, according to the 2020 U.S. census, making it the most populous metro area in Texas and the fourth largest in the United States.

Healthcare professionals can take advantage of this growing area with a wide variety of assignments that can expand their clinical skills and provide help where it is most needed. DFW is home to several award-winning healthcare institutions that rely on the assistance of healthcare professionals like you to maintain excellent patient care and achieve the best outcomes.

Of course, it’s not just about work. There's also so much to do here! From the lively rodeo scene to botanical gardens and museums, and from famous barbeque joints to upscale dining and shopping, DFW has something for everyone. Read on to discover more about living and working in Dallas–Fort Worth as a healthcare professional.

Lifestyle Benefits in Dallas–Fort Worth

Whether you are seeking city living in a high-rise apartment or want to embrace a more rural lifestyle, the Dallas–Fort Worth area has the best of both worlds. The area is essentially split into two distinct areas by Interstate 35, with the Dallas side on the east and Fort Worth on the west. Healthcare professionals can live in either area and still easily commute from Dallas to Fort Worth or vice versa. Arlington is also included in this area, sitting almost directly in the middle of the two cities.

Data from Payscale.com shows that the cost of living in the area is just two percent higher than the national average. Healthcare professionals can enjoy a comfortable lifestyle in this region, especially since they can take advantage of competitive salaries, travel reimbursements and their choice of free accommodations or a housing stipend offered by AMN Healthcare (depending on your role).

It’s no surprise that people are flocking to Texas to enjoy all of the benefits of a life in the Metroplex. Dallas-Fort Worth ranked on U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Places:

  • #2 in Best Places to Live in Texas
  • #37 in Best Places to Live
  • #75 in Best Places to Retire

So, what’s the difference between Dallas and Fort Worth? The locals will tell you that the two cities are vastly different. Some have described Fort Worth as more casual and easy-going than Dallas, and with less traffic, it is easier to navigate. Dallas tends to be more expensive, urban, and busy. Most visitors don't have the same “Texas feel” in downtown Dallas as they might in Fort Worth. All in all, the area has a lot to offer.

Both cities have distinct neighborhoods and districts with their own vibe and attractions. As a healthcare professional on assignment, you have plenty of time to explore and find your own favorites.

Facilities for Healthcare Jobs in Dallas–Fort Worth

There’s no shortage of prestigious accolades and awards when it comes to Dallas–Fort Worth’s thriving healthcare scene, and AMN Healthcare consistently has a variety of opportunities available throughout the Metroplex. One of the area’s facilities was even recently ranked No. 1 in the world among healthcare institutions in biomedical sciences.

What kind of healthcare facility do you have in mind when you envision yourself working in? Do you want to work in a large urban medical center, or do you prefer a smaller hospital in the suburbs? Are you eager to work in a teaching hospital, or do you prefer a community hospital model?

It's important to start thinking about the facility that works best for your career growth and goals. With the wide array of healthcare jobs that we offer in Dallas–Fort Worth, this foresight will help you narrow down your options.

We typically have job openings in the following types of facilities:

  • Major hospitals / medical centers
  • Children’s hospitals and pediatric clinics
  • Teaching hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics and medical practices
  • Rehabilitation and long-term care facilities
  • Home Health Companies

You can also search our job database for jobs for specialty roles. If you have a specialty certification or training under your belt, your experience is sure to be in demand.

Taking a job in Dallas–Fort Worth is a terrific opportunity to boost your career, too. When you list that job on your resumé, that experience will make you a more desirable candidate for future jobs, wherever you go.

Things to Do in Dallas & Fort Worth

From sports and rodeos to live music and outdoor activities, the DFW area is absolutely booming with things to do -- almost too many to list. Here are some of the best things to see, do and dine on in Dallas and Fort Worth. 

Fort Worth

Activities and Experiences

  • An assignment in Fort Worth wouldn’t be complete without a trip to their world-famous Stockyards Historic District and weekly rodeo. You’ll find historic buildings, saloons, livestock and so much more. Must-sees: The Fort Worth Herd, the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive and the weekly Stockyards Championship Rodeo.
  • Check out some live music in the state’s first designated “music-friendly city,” so named by the Office of the Governor’s Texas Music Office. Fort Worth is known for its musical roots across a variety of genres, which means you’re sure to find something to fit your taste.
  • Known as the museum capital of the Southwest, Fort Worth houses a variety of noteworthy museums. The Cultural District features five museums and a beautiful park.
  • With more than 230 days of sunshine a year, Fort Worth offers plenty of activities for the outdoor enthusiast. There’s sporting events, a speedway, trails, and fly fishing. Don’t forget about a trip to the botanical gardens or the Fort Worth Zoo. 

Best Places to Eat
So much more than BBQ, Fort Worth features culinary delights with flavors and infusions from across the globe. Here’s a few of the city’s most raved-about restaurants:

  • Rise Fort Worth - This cute French eatery is known for its soufflés and marshmallow soup (tomato bisque with goat cheese cubes). Luckily, there is also a Rise Dallas location if this one isn’t close to your assignment housing.
  • Reata Restaurant - This upscale downtown staple is a perfect choice for a night out; be sure to enjoy the gorgeous views from the rooftop.
  • Ellerbe Fine Foods - Situated in a former gas station, Ellerbe’s is the well-executed junction of fine dining meets farm-to-table.
  • Lili’s Bistro - Known for its global cuisine, diners can enjoy a fancier dinner or a more casual lunch on the outdoor deck.
  • Heim BBQ - Of course we had to list a classic barbeque joint! The Heimburger is a must-try.

Activities & Experiences

  • Museum and art lovers rejoice! You found your place in Dallas. You can spend leisurely days off exploring the masterpieces found throughout the Arts District. The Dallas Museum of Art and the Crow Museum of Asian Art are two favorites to consider.
  • The GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower offers stunning views of the city from 460 feet in the air! Locals call the icon “The Ball” and it's been a staple of the skyline since 1978.
  • A visit to “The Big D” isn’t complete without taking in the sights at the world’s largest domed structure; visitors can tour AT&T Stadium, which is home to the Dallas Cowboys.
  • If a little retail therapy is what you’re seeking after a long shift, Dallas has you covered. The Galleria Dallas, the Shops at Park Lane, and Highland Park Village are just a few of the places where you’ll find big-name department stores, small boutiques, and local designers. 

Best Places to Eat
From super-fancy candlelit restaurants to little diners, Dallas has a unique restaurant scene that offers something for every palate.

  • Petra and the Beast - Charcuterie boards, cured meats and delicious pastas are the all-star menu items from this East Dallas eatery.
  • Tei-An - This establishment arguably features some of the best soba and sushi in Texas. Any top restaurant list in Dallas mentions this gem.
  • Keller’s Drive-In - Go back in time to this drive-in that features car hops and a menu with nothing over $5! Be prepared to eat the best burger of your life.
  • E-bar Tex-Mex - Dallas features a ton of yummy Tex-Mex joints, and this one deserves to be at the top of your list to try. Go for the carne asada and queso and stay for a spicy margarita.

Why work with AMN Healthcare?

We proudly offer an incredible array of well-paying healthcare jobs, including many in Dallas-Fort Worth.  We’re also proud of our dedicated staff of recruiters, our clinical experts and other support teams for healthcare professionals, the excellent benefits, and all the other opportunities that we can offer.

Here are a few key reasons to consider signing on with us:

  • We make it easy for you. We designed the AMN Passport app to make it easy to search for jobs and book assignments. You can also use the app to manage your assignments, connect with like-minded professionals, and much more.
  • You’ll gain access to our database of healthcare jobs. We have the largest, most comprehensive database of healthcare jobs in the industry, including exclusive contracts with several leading healthcare organizations, including prestigious magnet hospitals.
  • We offer full-time support. Our team wants you to succeed, so we offer support and make sure you get everything that you need. Your recruiter is always available to talk with you about current or future jobs. We also have dedicated team members to answer questions and troubleshoot problems if you have need help with housing, credentialing, or payroll, too.
  • We offer round-the-clock clinical support. If you run into a question about a clinical matter on the job, you can call our clinical team and receive urgent assistance at any time of day or night.
  • We offer licensure assistance. Depending on your role and location, we offer various levels of licensure support to help you work as soon as possible.

AMN Healthcare also offers some of the best benefits in the healthcare industry.

  • Premium health benefits. Perhaps more important than ever before, our health benefits will give you the peace of mind to know that you have access to healthcare when you need it, too. Our options include PPO and HMO health benefits, as well as life insurance, vision insurance, and disability insurance – for you and your family. Plus, you don’t have to wait a month or three for these benefits to kick in. Coverage starts on Day One.
  • Retirement savings. We offer a generous 401(k) matching program that will help you save money for your retirement.
  • Free continuing education. To make it easier for you to stay updated on the latest evidence-based research and developments in your profession, we offer free continuing education unit (CEU) courses.
  • Complimentary Employee Assistance Program. Your well-being matters. That's why we provide you and your family with resources for healthcare, mental health, financial health, and other support. Learn more about this robust support program here.

Interested in working in Dallas-Fort Worth? Contact an AMN Healthcare recruiter to start the application process or visit our job search page to find a job that’s a great fit for you!

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