Healthcare Career Days

Happy Healthcare Career Days, Macon County!

Healthcare Career Days are celebrated annually in Decatur and Macon County and first started in 2019.

During April 26 and April 28, 2022, local middle school and high school students will experience a plethora of opportunities that are available to them in the healthcare sector. The event is held at Richland Community College.

Over the next ten years, approximately 1,500 jobs in Macon County alone will need to be filled according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies. One of the major purposes of Healthcare Career Days is to help expose possibilities to the next generation of healthcare workers.

This page will be your source for information as we celebrate healthcare careers right here in Macon County. Below you will find videos, information on careers and training, fun facts, and other resources.



Crossing Healthcare
Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy & Colee’s Corner Drug
Decatur Ambulance Service
Decatur Memorial Hospital
Heartland Technical Academy
Heritage Behavioral Health Center
Hickory Point Christian Village
Macon County Health Department
Midwest Sight Foundation/Dr. John Lee
Millikin University
Richland Community College
Workforce Investment Solutions


Take a Look Inside

Get an inside look at some of our local healthcare facilities and their employees. You’ll meet staff members from various healthcare industries and learn how easy it is to start your career in healthcare. Click on the video links below.

Learn more about careers as a dental hygienist with Robin Haskins. It’s guaranteed to make you smile.
Lance Woods with Decatur Orthopedic Center walks us through a typical day as a registered radiologic technologist.
Watch as Dr. Nicole Florence tells us more about her field in medicine.
Visit with Larry Landrus with Decatur Ambulance Service as we learn more about his day-to-day.
PJ Maloney explains how being an RN is his own special way of bringing love into the world.


Training and Careers in Healthcare

Interested in exploring careers in healthcare? You’re in luck! Macon County has 196 healthcare employers and employs nearly 7,000 people. On average, a registered nurse makes $34.63 an hour in Macon County which is $9.32 above the national average. We have good paying jobs with excellent training and educational opportunities. Read more below on studying local and exploring jobs.

Study local.

An agreement between Millikin University (MU) and Richland Community College (RCC) will allow RCC nursing graduates to seamlessly transfer to MU to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The RN-BSN Dual Admission Program is designed to ensure the transfer of credits between the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing at RCC to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program at MU.

More training + education on the horizon.

Through a $3.2 million grant from the Decatur Memorial Foundation, Richland Community College’s nursing and clinical programs will expand over the next four years, as both organizations address the unprecedented shortage of nurses and other health professionals in the area. Through this collaboration, Decatur Memorial Hospital and RCC plan to triple the number of qualified students applying for enrollment into the college’s nursing and healthcare professional programs. Read more here.


Unsure of what type of training and/or healthcare career would best suit you and your interests? My Next Move can help you decide. Take the career assessment now.

If you are ready to go find that next career, check out the Limitless Decatur Careers page. The list is compiled of the most recent job postings within the last 30 days.

Additionally, Workforce Investment Solutions may also provide available job listings, resources, and training opportunities locally. Learn more here.

Fun Facts

Did you know? Well, now you do! Click on each of the graphics below to enlarge.





Fun Fact #1 – There are 6,895 healthcare workers in Macon County, Illinois.

Source: BLS: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics

Fun Fact #2 – There are 196 healthcare employers in Macon County, Illinois.

Source: BLS: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

Fun Fact #3 – Health Care is the largest U.S. employer with 19,712,605 employees as of 2021.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies, LEHD

Fun Fact #4 – On average, a Registered Nurse makes $34.63 an hour in Macon County, Illinois, which is $9.32 above the national average.

Source: BLS: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics

Fun Fact #5 – Employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 16% from 2020 to 2030.

Source: BLS: National Employment Matrix