I'm a CPC-A who codes full time and works with several other CPC-As. My company (on the small side - our coding dept is around 15 people) seems to always have at least a couple CPC-As on staff. Apply for jobs that list that they're interested in CPC certified coders, even if they don't specify that they are open to hiring CPC-As, because they might be fine with it. It won't hurt to put your name on their list of candidates. Obviously some places have more stringent experience and credential requirements than others, but I wouldn't assume that just because they don't explicitly say they are looking for a CPC-A it means they wouldn't be open to hiring one.
What's CPC-A ?
I'm guessing apprentice ? What does that have to do with CPC?
I'm new to the clerical side and take my CPC exam this October.