Health Care Jobs Attractive

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Predictions are that jobs will continue to grow at a rapid pace in the health care field over the next decade.

Students got a look at the medical job field Thursday at Meridian Community College's Health Job Fair.

"I know that the economy is like in a downfall, but there are like always jobs available in the medical field," said health information student Cynthia Ransom.

Like Ransom, many people are pursuing health-related jobs for the security they provide.

Tyrus Flowers said he knows the importance of job security all too well. He recently lost his job and hopes to get a new one in the medical field.

"I felt that the medical field was recession proof," said Flowers. "So, the reason I'm back in school is for a recession proof job. And I think that the medical field will offer that."

Recession proof are the key words for many medical students. Upon graduation, many of these individuals planning to work in the health industry want a job that won't be cut do to budget restraints.

"We're here looking for potential employment. We're getting ready to graduate soon and there are a lot of job opportunities, actually in health care, if you go ahead and follow your education. That will be good to find a job in this economy," said student Alexis Newman.

Although some of the students attending the health job fair prefer to stay local, they realize sacrifices might be called for in order to get a steady job. If moving is required, some will do just that.

"I'm looking for an R.N. position in Meridian," said nursing student Angi Ware. "But I am willing to go to Jackson or wherever to find good work."

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says 14.3 million people in the country work in the medical field, and the number is growing.

Ten of the Top-20 fastest growing jobs are in medicine. And the field is expected to create more than 3 million news jobs in the next decade.

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