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Nursing Career Outlook and Salary Information

Searching for a health care career with an excellent job outlook? Look no further than the field of nursing.

With more nursing jobs available than nurses to fill them, registered nurses are in high demand. “In fact, registered nurses are projected to create the second largest number of new jobs among all occupations,” reports the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition (OOH).

While hospitals will continue to employ the majority of nurses, in future, nursing care facilities and home health care are expected to be two areas of rapid growth. Also, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, demand will continue to be high in nursing specialties, including critical care, neonatal nursing, and labor and delivery units. Nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists will also be especially needed.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that in 2004 a nurse’s salary ranged from less than $37,300 to more than $74,760, with median annual earnings of registered nurses coming in at $52,330. To make their job openings more attractive to nurses, hospitals and other employers frequently offer “signing bonuses, family-friendly work schedules, or subsidized training,” according to the OOH. Those nurses with at least a bachelor’s degree in nursing will have the best job prospects, and the potential for a more lucrative salary.

If trends continue, the job outlook for nurses should remain strong through at least 2014 and probably beyond.


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