Are you ready for a change? If you have a health care background the world is literally your oyster. The sky is the limit when you consider all the places that you can work in the health care field.
Of course like any other field there are better places than others to work. You have to really be honest with yourself and determine what it is that is most important to you. Do you want to make a difference more than anything else? Do you want to make a bag of money? In some places you can get lucky and parlay the two into a dream job but typically places that really need health care workers need them because they cannot pay a lot of money.
Although compensation is not all about the cash. There are other things to consider as well. Like the cost of living in the area. Obviously you are not going to need the money you need to live in NYC if you are living in Duluth Minnesota. Of course the cost of living is important but so is the life experiences you can gain.
After you do your soul searching check out the places listed below and see if any suit your needs. If not keep in mind that you can always work for a temp agency and try different places out until you are happy somewhere.
San Diego CA- the cost of living is not low that is for sure but the average health care workers salary is around $46K so it balances the budget. No one moves to San Diego CA for the cost of living they move there for the exceptional weather, the great beaches and the laid back lifestyle. If you have an inner southern California guy or gal inside that you just have to feed than this is the place to dip your feet into your health care field career and reap the benefits that are intangible.
Cincinnati OH- People move to Cincinnati for the cost of living factor. It is ranked #14 on the list of places from 100 that are inexpensive to live. While this is not the paradise that San Diego can be it does offer a median salary of about $40K for health care workers other than doctors, has a very low cost of living compared to other cities and is a great place to raise a family.
Louisville KY- Louisville KY is one of those places that has just the right mix of country living with city amenities. The cost of living is low, it ranks #16 on the list of the 100 places that are inexpensive to live. The average medial salary for health care workers is on the low side at around $35 K but you can live comfortably there on that salary.
St Louis MO- St Louis is called the Gateway City because it is the official divide between the east and the west. This great city offers a median salary for health care workers around $40k. It is a culturally diverse city that is lively and ranked one of the top 100 places to live in the world (who would have thought) by US News and World Report because it offers a low cost of living, it is culturally diverse and is overall a fun place to live.
Indianapolis IN- Indianapolis IN is ranked #13 on the 100 cheapest places to live in the US. They offer a median wage of about $38K. The housing is inexpensive so the salary goes a long way in covering living expenses.
There are probably 30 more “top” places for health care careers that can be listed that are comparable to the five listed above. Ultimately if you have a background in health care you can work just about anywhere.
A health care background gives you the ability to write your own ticket! You can live where you want to live and easily find employment. In most states a health care career is the most lucrative type of employment that is always in demand.
Decide what is important to you and choose a location based on what you want out of life.