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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  • by CDP on Feb 5, 2010 at 12:27 PM
    Correction of typo in previous post & post is continued here. Your story sounds like this factory rep because maybe you have found yourself on a long, longly, country road, where you need to realize that you are not as smart as you throught you were. There is something to learn from dummies.
  • by CDP on Feb 5, 2010 at 11:57 AM
    This is replying to the original poster, who seems to have a problem with our town. Your story reminds me of one I was told about a Yankee factory rep that was supposed to ride with a Mississippi salesperson while they visited companies. From the time the Yankee was picked up from the airport he started telling the salesperson that he thought people in the south, particularly in Mississippi, were just dumb rednecks. The rep heard this after every stop. The salesman took him to a plant way out of town which was located down a long, lonely, country road. He opened the door and told Rep to get out of the car. The factory rep asked how he was supposed to get back to town, to which the salesperson replied,“You are so much smarter than us poor old dumb rednecks, don’t you know how?” Then he drove off and left him there! Hey Buddy, you’re story sounds a lot like this guy because just maybe you have found yourself on one of these lonely country roads and you are not as smart as you thought.
  • by XOXOXO on Feb 5, 2010 at 08:31 AM
    The Health Information field is a great field to be in!!! Not only is it a rewarding and fulfilling profession, it provides individuals with a chance to really make a difference in healthcare. As with most jobs, HIT jobs are not recession-proof and in this economy any good job is hard to come by. However, hospitals and physicians are more than willing to hire competent, self-motivated individuals regardless of their gender and/or who they may or may not know. Furthermore, if your bad reputation precedes you (in any city and state), you should not expect to be hired, regardless of your degree. Moving away is not the answer as reputations have a funny way of following you. All things being said, if you do not want to be here –quit complaining and LEAVE. No one is forcing you to stay. An open and honest self-evaluation of yourself is also probably in line. Who knows what you will discover about yourself.
  • by Tanya Location: Meridian on Feb 5, 2010 at 07:18 AM
    I am an RHIT here in Meridian. I graduated from MCC in 2007. I have been gainfully employed as a coder since my first year of school. Everyone in my graduating class has a job in the field, unless they chose to take another route. One of the girls I graduated with works from home now after travel coding for a year and she is totally happy with her position. You have to try to find a job, nobody is going to give you one if they are not aware of your interest. If you are a hard worker and prove yourself to be an asset to the position and the company, you should have no problem finding and keeping a position in the field of Health Information!! There are numerous positions within our field, from medical records to administration. You just have to be willing to strive to better your life and career everyday. It's all about what you choose to do with what you have learned and will continue to learn because our field has numerous changes every year, as well as every quarter. I LOVE MY JOB!!!!
  • by R on Feb 5, 2010 at 07:05 AM
    I would like to set the record straight. I have been an RHIT for 12 years and I have never had any problem finding employment. I know from my experience as being in supervision also that there is a great need for coders in our area, especially with the new changes the government is making. Sounds like the prior individual is just disgruntled from getting laid off or has made a bad name for himself in the field. Don't blame the field for the reputation you have created for yourself that is keeping you from getting a good job. There are also a lot of doors opening for RHIT's since we specialize in the Electronic Health Record arena. Also physicians will be needing to hire RHIT's to make sure their practices are run correctly with the new changes being handed down from the government.
  • by XOXO on Feb 5, 2010 at 06:53 AM
    I have been an RHIT for 13 years and never had a problem finding or keeping a coding job. I am so glad I chose this field because I have grown professionally and personally with it. Sometimes one needs to look at themselves and say "is it me?" Why is everyone around me male or female landing good coding jobs and making a good living doing it?
  • by ALW Location: Meridian on Feb 5, 2010 at 06:38 AM
    I am in awe of this report. I praise these students for having a positive attitude. Those are hard to come by in Meridian. Unfortunately for them, they will probably have to move unless they want to work in an abusive nursing home. I hate being pessimistic, but I have been looking for a job for months. Too bad I'm not priviledged to know the right people or have the creditials to be the manager of Taco Bell. :(
  • by J. S. on Feb 4, 2010 at 06:54 PM
    be a nurse; there are no coding jobs here!
  • by J S Location: Meridian MS on Feb 4, 2010 at 04:26 PM
    Thats a lie! I am an RHIT and have been laid off since November 2008! I guess I am not a woman and not part of the good-ole boy network (black or white) so I cant get a job. Its not WHAT you know here, But WHO YOU KNOW in this place. I'm outta here soon, so hopefully the feds will nuke this ________!
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