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The Healthcare Professional’s Guide to Pittsburgh

From beautiful parks and outdoor spaces, to museums, breweries, and sports -- Pittsburgh is an amazing city for healthcare professionals. Conveniently located in Western Pennsylvania, the city is famous for its industrial past and modern, present-day amenities. Known as the “City of Bridges,” Pittsburgh boasts a gorgeous skyline with towering buildings and a convergence of rivers. Healthcare professionals will find a variety of jobs throughout the area at many top-rated hospitals and medical centers. Ready to explore Pittsburgh? Let’s get started on your PA. adventure.

Living that Pittsburgh Lifestyle

U.S. News & World Report ranked “The Burgh” the best city to live in the state of Pennsylvania and #26 in the U.S. - and we have a few ideas why it came out on top. Pittsburgh is home to over 400 bridges and situated at the junction of three rivers -- the Ohio, Allegheny, and Monongahela. It’s easy to spend your days exploring the bridges on foot or bike while enjoying breathtaking views of the city and its waters below. It also has an impressive selection of hills and valleys that are ideal for all the hikers out there!

There are countless benefits to living and working in Pittsburgh, and the ability to earn excellent compensation as a healthcare professional is certainly on that list. Healthcare is an exciting way to make great money and benefit from countless other perks such as:

  • The ability to choose when and where you want to work - Pittsburgh is home to over 25 hospitals and medical centers, making this city a great destination for healthcare professionals. More facilities mean more options for selecting your next job! Prove yourself, and you may find that your facility asks you to extend your contract. You can also plan your assignments around your next vacation. Consider a back-to-back assignment in Pittsburgh. Take some time between each contract to discover all the area has to offer.
  • Plenty of activities and things to do on your days off - Pittsburgh is teeming with countless things to do and see outside of work. From world-renowned museums and attractions to plenty of shops and restaurants to explore, there’s no shortage of fun to be had on your next assignment.
  • Great neighborhoods to live in - Pittsburgh has a variety of neighborhoods to choose from -- each with their own unique personality. The neighborhoods of East Liberty and Lawrenceville have been given the esteemed honor of the “coolest” neighborhoods in America in the past, and Regent Square is a fun choice for those looking for a more suburban feel within proximity to the city.
  • Enjoy a delicious, unique foodie scene - Besides being the birthplace of Heinz ketchup, the Big Mac burger and the Klondike ice cream bar, Pittsburgh also has a ton of great restaurants, cafes, and food halls to explore. Be sure to indulge in a Pittsburgh Salad (basically a salad topped with French fries) and Pierogies, a delicious dumpling that comes with many different fillings.

Let your recruiter know your career goals and ideal lifestyle so they can help you determine what kind of housing you’ll need to book to accommodate your support system.

Pittsburgh’s Healthcare Scene

Working with a staffing company like AMN Healthcare is a great way to find out what it’s like to work in a particular kind of healthcare facility.

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 Pittsburgh, this foresight will help you narrow down your options.

We typically have openings in the following types of facilities:

  1. Large Hospitals
  2. Academic and Research Centers
  3. Mid-Size and Smaller Hospitals
  4. Magnet Facilities
  5. Rehabilitation Centers
  6. Home Health Organizations
  7. Children’s Hospitals / Pediatric Facilities
  8. Nursing Homes / Long-Term Care Facilities

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 Pittsburgh 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.

Top Things to See, Do & Eat

Since you’ll be saving money on living expenses and enjoying competitive compensation, healthcare professionals can typically live an elevated lifestyle. Spend your day playing tourist and explore one of the many activities and attractions we’ve rounded up on this list of suggestions: 

  1. Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
    Founded by the famous industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History have cemented their places as some of the nation’s top cultural institutions. The Art Museum houses an impressive collection of contemporary art, and the Natural History Museum has one of the world’s great archives of biodiversity and the history of life.

  1. PNC Park
    Located on the North Shore of the city, PNC Park is a Major League Baseball stadium home to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Depending on the time of year, you can catch a live game here, and it is also used to host other special events.

  1. The Strip District
    Make sure to bring your appetite when you visit the Strip District -- a mile-long mecca of all things food. You’ll find merchants and vendors, including ethnic grocers, produce stands, gourmet food shops, bars and so much more. This area is a great way to experience different cultures and get a little taste of different cuisines from around the world. 

  1. Heinz History Center
    When you’re done wandering The Strip, be sure to stop by the Senator John Heinz History Center to learn all about ketchup! Part of the Smithsonian Institution, it’s the largest history museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition to the condiments, the museum also has a variety of rotating special exhibitions and collections.

  1. The Andy Warhol Museum
    This iconic museum holds the title of the most comprehensive and prolific single-artist museum in the U.S. The king of pop art’s legacy is upheld through this collection of art, memorabilia, and other archives. With over seven floors of gallery space, art lovers will drool over this must-visit museum.

  1. Point State Park
    Located at the tip of Pittsburgh's “Golden Triangle,” and at the confluence of the city’s three rivers, Point State Park has boating, hiking, walking trails and a museum. It’s truly a site to be seen and a perfect juxtaposition of nature and urban life.

  1. Duquesne Incline
    This popular attraction gives visitors outstanding views of the Pittsburgh skyline along with a nice dose of history -- it’s over 140 years old! The funicular was voted as one of the top 10 sites to view a city skyline by USA Today.
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  2. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
    Set in Schenley Park, this landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Victorian Greenhouse that sits on property is an interesting example of that era’s architecture. Spend the day meandering through the gardens while identifying exotic flora and other exhibitions.

  1. Mount Washington
    Known for its panoramic city views, Mount Washington is an idyllic place to spend the day. This ultra-walkable area has plenty of green space and parks. Traveling with a dog? It’s an ideal place to take your furry friend for a walk.

  1. Randyland
    Home of the colorful artist Randy Gilson, Randyland is now known as a Pittsburgh landmark. The dynamic and bold colors may leave you looking for your sunglasses! The all-outdoor courtyard museum is widely regarded as a must-see public art destination. One visit will be sure to brighten any mood.

Why work for AMN Healthcare?

We proudly offer an incredible array of well-paying healthcare jobs, including many in Pittsburgh. We’re also proud of our dedicated staff of recruiters, our clinical experts and others who support 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 Pittsburgh? 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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