Students pursuing an RN to BSN degree recently received good news, affirming their career choice as one of the best. According to a recent article by US News and World Report, nursing is the second best job in America. Of course, with a median income of $65,000 a year, BSNs enjoy a better than average salary, but the report lists many other reasons why nursing is such a good job choice.
The primary factor listed in the article is the wide variety of opportunities. While most people think of RNs as working in hospitals or doctor’s offices, many more are finding employment in public health, home health care, rehabilitation centers, schools, and businesses. Even within traditional settings such as hospitals, nurses have the chance to specialize in various fields of interest. Some may focus on emergency room care, while others work beside doctors in surgery centers. Solid employment growth is a second reason US News and Works Report ranked nursing so high.
Currently, 2.7 million registered nurses are employed in this country; and an aging baby boomer population guarantees many more will be needed in the years to come. The Bureau of Labor statistics estimates that the number of nurses required by the year 2020 will be 26% greater than now. Thousands of new nurses are needed every year just to replace those who are retiring. Many thousands more will be required every year to fill new jobs created between now and then.
Although good pay is not listed as the primary reason why nursing is a good career choice, it is important. The best-paid nurses are earning nearly $100,000 a year now. Even the lowest paid are bringing in an attractive salary of over $40,000 a year. Those who choose to return to school in an RN to BSN program know that they will improve their chances of getting a higher-paying position in a wider variety of fields.