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Maybe you are a college student who is starting to think about what kind of career could be fun and last a lifetime.

Or, you could be an adult who is considering a change.

Thousands of jobs in healthcare are waiting for the right person to apply, according to a press release from the Missouri Hospital Association.

The MHA, the statement said, has just the tool to help potential job seekers know where they might fit into the workforce and direct them to the training they will need, want. go into patient care or administration.

Missourihealthcareers.com guides visitors through a career quiz that can help determine their path. The site uses a series of questions on education, income, patient interaction, and other relevant interests to guide individuals towards career paths that match their preferences.

Whether you are actively looking for a new career or not, a few minutes can be worth taking the quiz, just to see what happens.

The first question gets right to the point of whether you are bothered by the sight of blood.

“Your colleague has a bad cut in his hand and there is blood everywhere. What would you do ? “

The multiple choice answers are:

A. Avoid the situation, but check them out the next day.

B. Call 911 and describe the injury to the operator.

C. Hold their other hand while applying pressure to the wound.

If you click on “A” you get the message: “Not a fan of blood, it’s okay!” “

If you click on “B”, you get the message: “I love it! Keep calm and call for help. “

If you click on “C”, you get the message: “Excellent answer!” We need people like you. “

The next question asks what salary range you would consider (from $ 0 to $ 100,000 and over).

Regardless of your answer, the website states that you have “A paycheck with a goal.” Inestimable ”.

The third question asks, “How often do you want to work with patients? »And offers appropriate responses.

Once the survey is complete, the website will list a number of potential careers that a person could pursue.

In addition to all this, the ‘Compare Careers’ tool allows job seekers to compare side by side the careers that interest them, including salary, job growth and education. The site then connects applicants with a way forward, recommending links to educational institutions and information on scholarships in Missouri.

There are a plethora of health care and support job opportunities, the MHA press release said. Vacancy rates – indicators that there are not enough qualified candidates to fill positions – are high in a variety of positions, according to MHA research.

“Statewide analysis reveals increasing vacancy and turnover rates among the majority of health care positions surveyed,” says an MHA report. “The data indicates that a combined turnover rate among all professionals surveyed reached an all-time high of 21.5% statewide.”

Nurses make up the largest number of employees in Missouri hospitals. Data showed that 12% of nursing positions remained vacant in 2020. Turnover in 2021 was up 2% from 2020, according to the report.

And 4,894 nursing positions in hospitals remain open (about 12 percent).

The vacancy rate for nursing assistants, with 1,299 vacant positions, is 14.8%.

The vacancy rate for licensed practical nurses, with 291 vacant positions, is 17.5%.

There are vacancies in a number of positions – advanced nursing assistant, 5 percent; salaried physicians, 4.7 percent; computed tomography technologist (computed tomography), 6.2%; MRI technologies (magnetic resonance imaging), 7%; medical laboratory technician, 13 percent; medical technologist, 9.8 percent; and much more.

“It is important for healthcare facilities to take a step back, reassess their workforce needs and develop a proactive response to recruiting and retaining staff,” the report said. “The subject of workforce management in healthcare is not new, but outbreaks of COVID-19 have drawn attention to the need for hospitals to take a proactive approach.”