Careers in Nursing

According to the American Nurses Association, there are more than 3 million nurses nationwide; this number has more than doubled since 1980, and the employment rate for nurses has risen more than 10% during the same period.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that nursing careers are projected to grow much faster than most other professions in the years to come. The rapid growth is due to several factors, namely a sizable population of aging baby boomers and the expansion of U.S. healthcare coverage levels under the Affordable Care Act.

This nursing career portal will use data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the American Association of College Nursing (AACN) and the American Job Center Online (O-Net) to explore salary growth, job outlook and educational/certification requirements, and other factors that pertain to the following nursing professions. Click on each Read More link to learn more about the nursing career:

CAREER MINIMUM DEGREE REQUIRED CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS MEAN SALARY (U.S., 2012) READ MORE
Nursing Assistant (CNA) High school diploma State certification exam $25,620 Read more about CNAs
Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN) LPN/LVN state certification program (one year) State certification exam $42,400 Read more about LPNs/LVNs
Registered Nurse (RN) Associate Degree in Nursing (2-3 years) NCLEX exam, state RN license $67,930 Read more about RNs
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Master of Science in Nursing RN license, NP credentialing exam $91,450 Read more about NPs
Nurse Midwife (CNM) Master of Science in Nursing RN license, CNM credentialing exam $91,070 Read more about CNMs
Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Master of Science in Nursing RN license, CRNA credentialing exam $154,390 Read more about CRNAs
Nursing Instructor/Teacher Master of Science or Doctorate of Nursing Practice CNE credential $68,640 Read more about Nurse Instructors