So, you’ve been scouring the internet looking for OB/GYN jobs, or maybe you’ve been asking colleagues and others in your network about obstetric hospitalist and travel career openings. Regardless of how you’ve been searching for jobs, you know it can be overwhelming to decide where you should focus your search.
There are cities and towns all over the country hiring these roles right now. While big metros and familiar locales may be attractive places to start or transition your career, there are plenty of hidden gems that have a lot to offer.
Here’s a list of five cities where your career can fit your life.
- San Antonio, TX
Although often overshadowed by other large cities in Texas like Austin, Dallas, and Houston, San Antonio has much to offer in both career opportunities and lifestyle. For those with families, it’s good to note that San Antonio’s crime rate is lower than the U.S. average, and the area features several renowned colleges and universities, as well as family-friendly extracurricular activities like the San Antonio Aquarium, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, The Alamo, and Six Flags.
With a cost of living 14% below the national average, post-residency OB/GYNs, on-call clinicians, and hospitalists can easily begin to pay off medical school student loans while beginning their careers. The town’s affordability also allows you to save more money you can use to enjoy a San Antonio Spurs basketball game or weekend trip to the nearby beaches located about two hours away. If you’re looking to take a longer vacation or need to attend an out-of-state conference, the San Antonio International Airport is located just north of downtown.
- Richmond, VA
If you’re looking for the convenience of a modern city alongside the historic charm of a Southern town, Richmond, Virginia might be the place for you. Richmond is one of those cities that offers something for everyone. Outdoorsy types will revel in proximity to mountains, running and biking trails, along with the James River which runs right through the city. Those who prefer cultural experiences can enjoy local art, history museums and the plethora of musical acts that perform in the area. And foodies will be in heaven – Bon Appetit magazine named Richmond America’s next great restaurant-obsessed town.
Realtor.com ranked Richmond among the 10 trendiest cities you can still afford to buy in, and the city boasts a cost of living 5% lower than the national average. There are also plenty of schools for those with families, along with loads of nearby family-friendly attractions that all ages will enjoy. Richmond’s rich history and close proximity to Jamestown, Washington D.C. and Williamsburg also provide young families with numerous opportunities to immerse themselves in the early history of our country.
- Palmdale, CA
Safer than 30% of U.S. cities and substantially more affordable than its California counterparts, Palmdale, CA is a great place to consider when looking for cities to settle in as an OB/GYN hospitalist. Palmdale, California has a small-town feel with approximately 150,000 residents and is located exactly one hour north of Los Angeles – so it’s close to pretty much everything. Whether you’re heading to the city, beach or mountains you can be there in less than two hours.
While there are several public and private schools in the area, Palmdale’s offerings make it a more notable spot to consider for adults. Young couples looking to put down roots, established families wanting to spend more time together, and singles who value proximity to a metropolitan city (without the daily LA traffic) will all be pleased in Palmdale. Unlike other regions in California, the city sees plenty of weather variations from summer to winter, which makes it a good choice for those who enjoy seasonality.
- Northwest Arkansas
Located among the Ozark Mountains, Northwest Arkansas is a hidden gem and a great place to live and work after residency. You can enjoy all four seasons, spectacular scenery, state parks and top-notch outdoor recreation opportunities in this Midwest part of the state. The area offers everything one could want in a city, without the heavy traffic and high housing costs. The food and arts scenes are surprisingly hip – you can see stunning sculptures, a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and permanent works by Andy Warhol and Georgia O’Keefe. In addition to the great lifestyle, Arkansas offers those who live here also benefit from the area’s great schools, low cost of living and friendly neighbors.
Among the places you can work in Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is one of the fastest-growing areas in the country and has been rated one of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Places to Live in the U.S. several consecutive years – right alongside Boulder and Austin. Nearby Eureka Springs is known for its historic downtown, idyllic rivers and lakes, and free outdoor festivals including the country’s longest-running folk festival!
- Treasure Coast, FL
If you’re sick of shoveling snow, we suggest you consider a hospitalist or OB/GYN job in the sunshine state! The Treasure Coast is a region located on the southeastern coast of Florida, comprised of three main counties and stretches from Vero Beach down to West Palm Beach. The area is extremely accessible – both Miami and Orlando airports are within a two-hour drive, and Palm Beach International Airport is even closer.
This Florida coastline is made for relaxation – with beaches, fishing, golf, public parks and walking paths prevalent. Another great reason to take a job in this south Florida area is the safety and affordability it provides. The town of Port St. Lucie (located in the region) is one of the safest cities in the country and the third safest city in Florida, making it perfect for families with young children. Florida’s property taxes are seemingly nonexistent compared to many other states at only 0.86%. And homebuyers get a lot more bang for their buck. Lot sizes are bigger and neighborhoods are generally cleaner in terms of both pollution and sanitation.
Whether you’re looking for an OB/GYN job near the beach, a post-residency job in a big city, or a clinical career in a small mountain town, Ob Hospitalist Group is currently hiring all over the nation. We have open positions in the cities listed above and so many more.
Our recruiters want to help you find the job location that’s the best fit for you and your family, so check out our available positions today and contact a recruiter to learn more about the wide variety of career opportunities at OBHG.