The University of Mississippi Medical Center is Mississippi's only academic medical center and is one of the state's largest employers. The work environment at UMMC goes far beyond a paycheck. It is rooted in a shared commitment to our missions of clinical care, research, education, diversity and nurtured by a culture of respect, recognition, teamwork and compassion. By working at UMMC, you can fulfill your purpose.
UMMC is committed to ensuring you are provided with a competitive, affordable, and comprehensive benefits plan. We also understand the needs of each employee may be different, and we continue to strive to meet these differing needs by offering multiple benefit options in addition to those benefits provided by the state.
Most notably, UMMC's retirement plan options are second to none. Choose between the Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS) or the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). Other noteworthy benefits include generous tuition discounts for full-time employees' children attending UMMC or Ole Miss, multiple disability plan options and the ability to qualify for Public Service Loan Forgivness.
“Working at UMMC has been a dream come true for me. It’s an environment that supports growth, appreciates hard work, nurtures ideas, and my colleagues and leaders inspire me to provide the best patient care and to become the best clinician I can be. For all of this and more, I am truly grateful!” Rinki Varindani Desai, Instructor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Cost of Living
|Median Home Cost||$134,400||$128,600||$231,200|
Rich in history and culture
Jackson has been at the epicenter of some the most important moments in our national life, notably the civil rights era of the 1960s. The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, opened in 2017, and the home of civil rights leader Medgar Evers are just two sites Jackson offers that give powerful insight into those critical days.Other museums include the Mississippi Children’s Museum, Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, and Mississippi Museum of Art. The three are within close proximity of each other and offer interesting things to do and see for all ages.
Jackson is home to the USA International Ballet Competition. While international competitions flourish worldwide, the USA IBC in Jackson remains one of the oldest and most respected dance competitions in the world.
Mississippi is known for its literary legends as well, and the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty, a native Jacksonian, is filled with personal memorabilia. Her home and gardens in the historic Belhaven neighborhood are must-sees for fans of her works. Contemporary writer Kathryn Stockett, best-selling author of The Help, also hailed from Jackson, which served as one of the locations for the award-winning film based on her book.
You’ll eat up the local cuisine
Jackson and the surrounding communities offer a variety of delicious, original, and diverse local cuisine that foodies will savor. Whether it’s down-home blue plate specials, soul food, fast-casual, or fine dining from award-winning local chefs, metro Jackson offers a vast array of excellent dining experiences.
Diverse music scene
Music lovers of every genre will find performances to enjoy in Jackson’s eclectic music scene. Venues are available for large concerts with major touring stars as well as small, intimate performances by singer/songwriters and up-and-comers. Duling Hall in Jackson’s Fondren area provides a great atmosphere for cozy gatherings, and the Brandon Amphitheater in nearby Rankin County offers an outdoor concert experience featuring major headliners.
A short drive away in Cleveland, Mississippi, you will find the Grammy Museum, affiliated with the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. It is an exciting and interactive celebration of music featuring cutting edge exhibits and interactive experiences.
The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, based in Jackson, performs classical as well as pop concerts, including the annual “Pops at the Reservoir.” Thalia Mara Hall is the setting for many symphony performances as well as Broadway musical productions.
Location, location, location
In addition to local sights and sounds, Jackson is a great jumping-off place for day trips and long weekends to explore other points of interest in the South. New Orleans, Memphis, and Birmingham are all just hours away. A visit to Laurel, site of HGTV’s “Hometown,” makes an easy, enjoyable day trip. The Blues Trail, along rural highways in the Mississippi Delta, is like nowhere else, and visitors come from around the world to visit sites such as the birthplaces of B.B. King and Muddy Waters.
Driving Distance to Popular Locations
|Atlanta||380 Miles||5.5 Hours|
|Dallas||400 Miles||6 Hours|
|Destin, Florida (30A Beaches)||300 Miles||5.5 Hours|
|Memphis||210 Miles||3 Hours|
|Mississippi Gulf Coast||160 Miles||3 Hours|
|Nashville||400 Miles||6 Hours|
|New Orleans||190 Miles||3 Hours|
Sports fans and outdoor enthusiasts will find a calendar full of sporting events that will satisfy both spectators and participants. Trustmark Park is home to the Mississippi Braves, a double-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves. For those who want to get into the game, the metro Jackson area offers organized tennis leagues, cycling groups, softball, and many other opportunities to engage in sports.
For runners and triathletes, Jackson offers a number of runners’ clubs. Additionally, metro Jackson hosts the Blues Marathon in January and the Heat Wave Classic triathlon in June.
Hunting and fishing are both popular outdoor sports. The Ross Barnett Reservoir provides abundant freshwater fishing along with daily boat rentals. Hunters can enjoy game year-round, with seasons for deer, turkey, small game, and migratory bird hunting.
Exceptional Schooling Options
The Jackson metro area is home to the highest rated school districts in the State of Mississippi. In addition to the Madison County School District and Rankin County School District, there are a variety of private schooling options in the local area:
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