Why Arkansas Needs You in the Medical Field

By Lydia McAllister & Katelyn Allen on Friday, September 25, 2020

There has never been a greater need for young people to enter the medical profession than now. Take this opportunity to find out everything you ever wanted to know about a career in health care!

Meryll Pampolina Bouldin is a doctor who works in the emergency medicine department at UAMS. Not only is she an MD, but she's also an assistant professor of emergency medicine.

Dulce Armas, a Registered Nurse I at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, shares her experience from the classroom to the hallways of a hospital.

Jordan Chaney discusses the "special sensitivity" she uses as a Hospice Registered Nurse at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center Hospice of the Hills in Harrison.

Rebecca Rae Smith reveals what it’s like to work in pharmacy.

Laboratory Technician Bralin Scott explains why he just might have one of the coolest jobs in health care.

Surgical Technician Towania Peterson talks about her lifesaving tools of the trade.


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The Numbers

10 of the 20 fastest-growing jobs in the nation are health care jobs.

Health care occupations are projected to grow 14% by 2028.

The U.S. will need to hire 2.3 million new health care workers by 2025 to adequately take care of the aging population.

The average age of a nurse right now is 51, which means they’re nearing the average age of retirement and will create a lot of job openings over the next 10 years.

Demand for physical therapists is expected to grow 22% by 2028.