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Why Choose UMMC?

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UMMC is located in the heart of downtown Jackson and near hotels, food, shopping and entertainment.

Mural reading
MS Children's Museum
Team members attending a Saints game
Natchez Trace
UMMC Main Campus
Mural reading
MS Children's Museum
Team members attending a Saints game
Natchez Trace

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. 


Life in Jackson

Jackson is the capital of Mississippi. This modern city, containing many historic buildings and sites, is conveniently located at the crossroads of Interstate 55 (north-south), I-20 (east-west) and the historic Natchez Trace Parkway (Nashville southeast to Natchez) near the center of the state and about an hour's drive from the Mississippi River. Jackson is the center of the metro Jackson area, home to nearly 500,000 people.

People of the South have a reputation for hospitality, and that’s certainly true of Jackson and the surrounding areas. It is a warm, welcoming community to newcomers of all backgrounds. Those who spend time at UMMC commonly create lifelong ties with local residents through friendships built at home, work, and leisure. And, with an affordable cost of living, it’s easy to take advantage of all metro Jackson has to offer.

Affordable cost of living

The cost of living in Jackson makes it one of the most affordable large cities in the country. While nearly 175,000 people live within the city of Jackson, over 500,000 people call the Jackson metropolitan their home. Forbes magazine ranked Jackson third out of the largest 100 metropolitan areas in the United States for the "Bang For Your Buck" that residents enjoy. Jackson is a highly affordable southern city rich in tradition and history.

Cost of Living




Health 103.7101.4100
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


Travel Time

Atlanta380 Miles5.5 Hours
Dallas400 Miles6 Hours
Destin, Florida (30A Beaches)300 Miles5.5 Hours
Memphis210 Miles3 Hours
Mississippi Gulf Coast160 Miles3 Hours
Nashville400 Miles6 Hours
New Orleans190 Miles3 Hours

Year-round sports

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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