The Golden Ticket: Allied Travelers Find It All in California
By Melissa Wirkus Hagstrom, contributor
Home to Facebook, the Pacific Coast Highway, historic missions and “The Happiest Place on Earth,” there’s a lot to love about California. In addition to its myriad of offerings, scenic beauty and pleasant year-round climate, the most populated state in the United States is also rich with job openings for allied travelers. Whether you are looking for contracts near the ocean or toward the mountains, the opportunities are nearly endless for professionals in all allied healthcare disciplines and practice areas.
Read on to discover some of California’s top destinations, which also happen to be close to many of Med Travelers’ current allied healthcare jobs!
On the southernmost tip of the state is San Diego, dubbed by locals and visitors as “America’s Finest City.” With miles and miles of sprawling beaches--including Coronado Beach, which ranks in the country’s top 10--a world famous zoo, and world-class medical facilities, there’s so much for allied travelers here. There are fun and eclectic beach communities, a thriving downtown, Mexico just 20 minutes to the south, and mountains less than an hour to the east--so spend some time exploring. Check out the cool restaurants in the trendy neighborhoods of Hillcrest, North Park or La Jolla, or spend some time up in Oceanside at the pier. This is a city that really has it all!
Just to the north, the Orange County and Los Angeles areas are also teeming with allied healthcare job openings. While visitors often flock to Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood and Rodeo Drive, allied travelers also have time to explore everything from the Getty Museum and the Queen Mary to world-famous beaches, sporting venues and the LA Fashion District. Day trips or quick getaways to Palm Springs, Ojai, and Santa Barbara are completely feasible if you’re on assignment in LA, OC, Riverside, San Bernardino or the Inland Empire.
Speaking of the desert, allied travelers have access to a number of jobs in the Palm Springs area, including Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage and outlying cities. Dining, golf, 4-wheeling, star gazing, shopping and taking the aerial tram up the mountain to San Jacinto are just some of the big attractions here. And, if the heat gets intense, there are numerous pools, water parks and air-conditioned venues in the area to cool you off; plus, it’s always an easy escape to the beach!
Securing an allied healthcare job in the central part of California offers plenty of freedom and choices for hikers, skiers (water and snow) and other adventurers. Foodies will also appreciate the real farm-to-table experiences of living so close to “the nation’s salad bowl” and a wealth of local vineyards. Fresno, Modesto, Salinas and Merced are all cities where Med Travelers consistently has job openings, as well as in smaller towns nearby. Along with museums and other attractions in Fresno, the area’s largest city, Yosemite National Park is just a little over an hour’s drive away.
The Central California region also features Big Sur on the coast (a MUST if you’re in the area), and the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in the inland areas. If driving through Big Sur, take the winding State Route 1 north all the way up to the Bay Area, or south to San Luis Obispo, and get ready for views of a lifetime.
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Northern California / Bay Area
Northern California’s Bay Area continues to be a hot spot for jobs, and not just for the tech-savvy in Silicon Valley. San Francisco--the famous “City by the Bay”--and up-and-comers like San Jose, Santa Clara, Oakland and others have plenty to offer allied healthcare professionals. You can choose from a variety of assignment types, from bustling city environments to quieter, clinical settings in the suburbs and surrounding communities.
And on those glorious days off? Along with tourist favorites like Alcatraz Island, Pier 39, and fresh seafood restaurants (with incredible sourdough bread), allied travelers can enjoy places like the picturesque seaside community of Sausalito, Golden Gate Park and first-class cultural events. Favorite day trips may include visits to nearby Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Monterey National Marine Sanctuary and Carmel by the Sea. Or travelers can head about 3 hours east to the scenic area of Lake Tahoe, or an hour north to Napa Valley’s wine country. In fact, your biggest issue may be deciding what to do, since there are so many options. Music festivals, sporting events, races and good food can be found around nearly every corner.
To find top allied travel jobs in California, visit Med Travelers’ <Job Search page> or <Apply Today> to get started with a personal recruiter.
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