24/7 Wall Street published an article listing the top six cities for wage increases over the last year. The top six cities where wages are soaring are: 6. Odessa, Texas 5. Provo-Orem, Utah 4. Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin 3. Midland, Texas 2. Vero Beach, Florida 1. San Francisco/San Mateo, California The article credits certain industries in each of these locales that are experiencing dramatic growth, contributing to the exploding wages. As one may expect, oil and gas exploration in Texas is driving wages higher in Odessa and Midland. Mining, logging and construction are doing it in Provo. Manufacturing is behind the rise in Fond du Lac. You get the idea. But you may be asking yourself, “What does this have to do with my decision to take certified nurse assistant training in NYC?” The answer is two fold. First, by studying any of the career tracks at Allen School – whether it be online medical billing and coding classes, medical assistant training or the certified nurse assistant course – you’re putting yourself in the drivers’ seat. Having a certification in medical billing means you can pretty much get a good job in any city. Same thing is true if you earn a certified nurse assistant degree or a credential for medical assisting. These are skills that are always in demand across the US. Second, with a boom in industries such as mining, oil/gas drilling and exploration, logging, construction and manufacturing comes a corresponding rise in medical needs (emergency and otherwise) derived from work in these physically demanding and sometimes dangerous fields. And in areas like the six metros listed above, there are more workers earning more money and with greater spending power when it comes to healthcare. As the old saying goes, a rising tide lifts all boats. So make your boat an education in medical billing and coding, certified nursing assisting or medical office assisting and take your show on the road to where the money is!