I used to live in San Diego and I loved it. The weather is the best and the proximity to the ocean, desert, and mountains can't be beat. Unfortunatly wages have not kept up with the costs of living there. I currently live in the Sacramento area and make $6+/hr more than I could get in San Diego, and I easily bought a house here. I still have many freinds who live in San Diego, and very few have been able to buy even a modest condo. The area is famous for the "sunshine dollars". Unfortunatly, when you can barely pay the rent while working 50 hours a week this is little consolation. When I visit my freinds there, I tell them that I spend more time in their pool than they do because they are always working to pay for it. If you are looking into Hospitals you have many to choose from. The ones I know of are UCSD, Alvarado (Tenet), Sharp hospitals, Scripps Hospitals, Kaiser, Palmorado/Palomar, Paradise Valley Hospital, and Balboa Navy Hospital (hires a lot of travelers). I think Kaiser and UCSD are near the top in pay and Paradise valley is near the bottom, but I would check them all out. Good luck, and if pay ever catches up with the cost of living let me know because I will be back there in an instant.