Advances in medical technology, a growing and aging population in East Tennessee, increases in the number of people seeking higher education and the abundance of medical facilities and schools in a relatively small geographic area also contribute to more people working in the educational, health and social-services industries, according to Rice and Patricia Naff, human resources director at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville.
"There are a variety of jobs available in health care now," Naff
What once was considered a "nurse and doctor" field has expanded, particularly during the 1990s, to a field with jobs in imaging, pharmacy, respiratory care, support services, billing and information systems.
"We certainly have to be more competitive with other industries," Naff
said."We're competing with for-profits for (employees.)"
"If they possess a clinical skill, I wouldn't think they would have a problem in the world finding a job in any hospital in East Tennessee," Naff