Nursing confirmed as one of the fastest-growing occupations through 2017

the value of a nursing careerAt the start of a new year, it’s common to evaluate major areas of our lives and pinpoint ways to grow. Many people put their current career path under a microscope to see if it’s still meeting their needs. If you’re looking for a new way to make a difference in your professional life, a new report from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. reveals that registered nursing continues to be one of the fastest-growing occupations through 2017. RN jobs are expected to grow 9 percent between 2013 and 2017.

The report supports long-standing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which projects that RN jobs will grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations combined. Plus, nurses with a bachelor’s degree are in high demand. Magnet® hospitals often require a bachelor’s degree in nursing for entry-level RN positions, and the Institute of Medicine recommends that the proportion of nurses with a bachelor’s degree increase to 80 percent by 2020. The pay for nursing is equally attractive; the bureau lists the national median annual RN wage as $65,470 (May 2012). If you go on to earn your master’s degree, that number could be even higher.

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