For the past few months it seems like there has been nothing but reports of layoffs and a declining economy.
But in these tough times there is a profession here in Eastern Carolina and nationwide that continues to grow in popularity because of the availability of jobs and a good salary.
Amber Macemore is a student in East Carolina University's Physician Assistant program. She is one of around four hundred and fifty people who applied to be placed into one of the thirty two spots in the program. Macemore says a lot of the growing popularity is based on the stability of the job, a good salary, and the chance to help people.
Macemore's class member Tobey Flores says not only is there a plentiful amount of jobs open around the country, but he also loves that he will get paid well.
The average salary for a graduate is anywhere from 70 thousand to 90 thousand dollars. Chairman of ECU's Physician Assistant studies, Larry Dennis, says all of his students get a job offer before they've even graduated.
The Physician Assistant position has also been getting national attention. U.S. Money Magazine ranked PA's as number five on its "best careers to have in a recession" list.
According to the Chief of Human Resource at University Health Systems Tyree Walker, he has hundreds of jobs that he is trying to fill for healthcare positions.
Walker says he is always in need of healthcare workers and he doesn't see those jobs declining anytime soon.
Another appeal to the Physician Assistant job is that students go to school a total of 27 months in order to get their masters, instead of longer medical programs such as medical school. The other recession proof careers listed in the top five are financial advisor, software program manager, database administrator and physical therapist.