Advanced Practice Specialties in High Demand

Physician shortages persist as a significant problem for medical facilities and hospitals, leading to staffing challenges and fatigue among existing staff. As a result, there is a growing demand for advanced practitioners in various medical specialties to address the gaps caused by the absence of physicians. Here are some of the highly sought-after specialties for advanced practitioners in locum tenens work.

Nurse Practitioners

The demand for Nurse Practitioners is high, and the need for NPs can be seen across a variety of specialties, including primary care, family practice, pediatrics, geriatrics, and acute care. NPs are of critical importance in providing primary and specialized care. The average nurse practitioner’s salary has been steadily climbing for years, making it a great time to use the job search to find a new position as a nurse practitioner.

Where did nurse practitioner work in 2022?

Most nurse practitioners worked in a hospital or independent medical group in 2022. In 2020, most nurse practitioners worked in a family practice. Salary Medical Group

Medical group / practice owned by a hospital / system

19% Salary Community Employed

Independent medical group / practice

35% Salary Hospital Employed

Hospital employed


Physician Assistants

Practicing under a broader scope of care, physician assistants are also highly sought-after providers. High-demand specialties for physician assistants include primary care, internal medicine, emergency medicine, and surgical subspecialties. PAs collaborate with physicians and contribute to patient care across different healthcare settings.

The rise of PAs’ salaries reflects this growing demand as physician assistants continue to play vital roles in patient care that vary based on specialty – examining patients, ordering lab tests, writing prescriptions, assisting with surgical procedures, and more.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists

Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are a crucial part of surgical and anesthesia teams across all specialties – highly skilled and specialized APPs who provide comprehensive anesthesia care to patients before, during and after surgical procedures.

CRNAs collaborate with healthcare teams, assess patients’ medical histories, develop anesthesia plans and administer medications to ensure optimal comfort during surgical interventions. Data shows that since 2016, salaries for CRNAs have been on a steady incline. The job board has a broad selection of anesthesiology job listings.

Certified Nurse-Midwives

Certified Nurse-Midwives, or CNMs, specialize in providing healthcare to women, including prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postpartum care, and are needed in many parts of the country. This is especially true for rural areas where care for expecting mothers is not as readily available as in urban areas. Due to shortage conditions, demand for CNMs is high.

As an advanced practice provider, locum tenens work offers not only a flexible career but one that is projected to continue growing – a great match for many APPs’ career goals. Browse our job board today to see open advanced practice provider roles in your specialty. When you apply, you’ll be taken to complete the process at, and a dedicated recruiter will be in touch to guide you through the process.