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Missouri, the Show Me State, also known as the Cave State as it’s home to over 6,900 caves including the 28-mile-long Crevice Cave.
Missouri is the birthplace of many impressive people, classic American writer Mark Twain, hip-hop artist Eminem, and Walt Disney even spent time in Missouri during his childhood.
Like most Midwestern states agriculture reigns supreme for the local economy. Unlike most other states, though, it isn’t all just farming that creates jobs. The agricultural biotechnology company Monsanto was founded in Creve Coeur in 1901 and started off producing and selling food additives.
These days Monsanto’s focus is on selling genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to farmers, generally plant seeds. Some of their seeds naturally produce their own pesticides, some are made to grow in low-water conditions so African farmers can still farm during droughts, and some are simply modified to enhance the flavor.
The bioscience industry in Missouri currently employs over 50,000 workers with an average yearly salary of $59,000. For comparison, the average salary across the whole state is $40,600 which means bioscience salaries are almost $20,000 more per year on average!
Enormous Growth in the Medical Industry
According to a 2016 report by the Missouri Department of Economic Development from January 2016 to June 2016, 45,000 job listings were posted for healthcare related jobs. 20% of these were looking for Registered Nurses, and 5% were looking for Nursing Assistants. In 2014, hospitals, ambulances and long term care facilities employed over 380,000 people.
In fact, the Missouri Hospital Association reports that 1 in 5 jobs created in 2016 were in the medical sector.
The largest hospital in the state, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, located next to the marvelous Fox Theatre in St Louis employs almost 9,000 people in all, with 1,800 of them being healthcare staff.
On the opposite side of the state in Springfield sits St. John’s Hospital, the second largest in Missouri. The 7,900 staff at St John’s perform 37,000 surgeries and see a staggering 450,000 emergency room visits a year!
Growth, Waste, and Pollution
The Environment Missouri Research & Policy Center reported that in 2012 over 2 million pounds of toxic waste was poured into Missouri’s natural lakes and rivers. This makes Missouri the 11th most polluted state in the US with the Upper Black River being the fourth most polluted river in the United States.
While most of this waste comes from industrial manufacturing plants, as Missouri’s health care industry continues to rapidly grow so will the amount of waste it creates.
This waste has to be disposed of somewhere, and in Missouri the regulations are built to make sure the waste is safely disposed of. For a full run down of Missouri’s medical waste disposal regulations, check out our free guide here.
If your facility generates medical waste and you want to ensure that it’s safely disposed of, contact us and get a free quote today. Our customers save an average of 30% off their current medical waste disposal pricing, and we make sure none of your waste is polluting Missouri!