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4 Reasons you should take a locum tenens job in Florida

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Working as a locum tenens physician is a job that’s especially attractive if you want absolute control over where and when you work.

Here are 4 reasons why my may want to consider combining this medical career lifestyle in the 27th state:

1. They’re not kidding about the sun…
Florida has an amazing average sunshine duration rating: between 60 and 76 percent throughout the year, depending on where you live. That means clear skies and that glorious Florida sun shines down on its residents most of the year, with average January temperatures in the mid 40s to above 60 F and July temperatures in the low 90s F.

Looking for a fun fact to prove your sunshine trivia prowess? Drop this one at work: St. Petersburg, Florida holds a world record for having the most sunny days in a row – 768 consecutive days between February 9, 1967 and March 17, 1969.

2. No personal income tax or state tax

One of the perks of living in Florida is that there is no personal income tax and the state’s constitution prohibits state income tax.

Although you still have to pay federal income tax, for more than 30 years, Florida has held its ranking among the nation’s lowest state and local tax burden.

3. Lots of Baby Boomers retiring there
We’ve all heard the cliché about retiring to Florida, but it’s a cliché based in fact: As of 2013, people over the age of 65 years old made up 18.7 per cent of the state’s population.

That’s much higher than the national average of 14 per cent, and that number is only going to keep growing as the baby boomers enact their retirement plans. Age related illness translates directly into increased medical care, which means there’s likely going to be an increased demand for healthcare and more patients in a concentrated area as the boomers enter their golden years.

4. It’s a coastal playground
In addition to being nice and warm, the Panhandle State is a playground for, well, playground-lovers: From beaches to theme parks to space exploration, you can’t swing a palm tree without hitting something awesome to do and see – and that’s just the mainstream fare…

Book a weekend cruise at the last minute and enjoy those sweet Florida resident discounts, pick your own citrus right from the tree, enjoy a cultural event, or take in the fascinating ecological biodiversity at places such as Everglades National Park, Ocala National Forest or the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve.

Working as a locum tenens nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, or physician assistant is a rapidly growing healthcare career option. Doing so in the Sunshine State may quite possibly be the best of numerous worlds.

Contributor Tera Rowland

Tera Rowland is the vice president of Soliant and has worked in the healthcare staffing industry for almost 20 years in public relations, social media, marketing and operations. In addition to Soliant, Tera worked at the Mayo Clinic as an internal communication manager and for the Children’s Miracle Network. She is a member of the American Marketing Association and the American Staffing Association. Also, Tera has served on the board of directors for the Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum as part of the communication committee. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations as well as a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of North Florida and has been published in the Huffington Post, Healthcare Finance News, Healthcare Traveler Magazine, and Scrubs Magazine. Make sure to read the rest of Tera's blogs!