Health Occupational Student of America

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Now that United States currently has an average unemployment rate of ten percent, you may want to consider healthcare jobs. According to the U.S Department of Labor, Ten of the 20 fastest growing occupations are healthcare related. Today's Health Occupational Student of America Competition allowed students interested in healthcare related work to start a foundation for this desired career path.

"Well this competition is a platform where our nursing and health education students and a variety of programs that can showcase their skills and also hopefully win some scholarships and jump start their careers into the health occupations," explains Richie McAlister, Meridian Community College's Dean of Occupational Education.

The United States Department of Labor reports that Healthcare will generate 3.2 million new wage and salary jobs between 2008 and 20-18, more than any other industry. For those wishing to be a part of this industry in the future, Richie McAlister, MCC's Dean of Occupational Education, says they need to start early.

"Well they need to start, you know, in high school taking the tough classes, math and science, and I would suggest they get into some of the health career clusters and then keep those grades up."

If working in the healthcare field means keeping good grades, that' s what students like Hailey Parrish and Ross Cruthirds plan to do. They hope other students of HOSA realize the need for healthcare workers.

"I hope it like, we really need a lot of people with healthcare these days. I hope that this will help, especially Mississippi, help them go out there and fix the illnesses and all of that," says Hailey Parrish, the Mississippi HOSA Secretary for 2009-2010.

"I hope that they are able to see all of the different job occupations that are out there in the healthcare field, and hopefully, maybe they'll go into an occupation of healthcare, because like she said earlier there is a need for good healthcare workers out there," says Ross Cruthirds, the Mississippi HOSA President for 2009-2010.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, healthcare provided 14.3 million jobs for wage and salary workers in 2008. Parrish and Cruthirds hope to be a one of those employees in the future.

"I'm hoping to become a trauma surgeon. I've been wanting to do that my whole life, so hopefully I get there," exclaims Cruthirds.


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