As one of the fields in greatest demand, a nursing degree opens the door for healthcare opportunities all over the world. From delivering babies to caring for patients with acute or chronic illness, nursing professionals can be found in a variety of settings including doctor’s offices, hospitals, home care, nursing homes, schools and more.
Without a degree, careers are limited. But with a degree, whether it’s a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, the opportunities are plentiful.
Here’s what you can do with a nursing degree:
- Median salary: $71,000
- Number of jobs: 2.7 million
With an increased demand for registered nurses in the U.S., this position has a great salary and many options for employment. RNs are needed in acute care hospitals, as well as other settings such as doctor’s offices, nursing homes, home care, and outpatient care centers. A license or registration is required to become an RN.
- Median salary: $93,610
- Number of jobs: 7,430
With more and more patients looking to have a less traditional delivery, today is a better time than ever to become a certified nurse midwife. Midwife jobs are offered in doctor’s offices, at specialty hospitals, and in some states midwives with graduate education enjoy autonomous practice. A graduate degree is required for this position.
- Median salary: $101,260
- Number of jobs: 136,060
Interested in taking your education to a new level that will allow you to diagnose and treat a patient? Nurse practitioners generally work in doctor’s offices and hospitals. They can assess, diagnose, and treat illnesses, interpret diagnostic tests, and prescribe medications. Collaborative practice with a physician or independent practice (depending on state scope of practice) gives them the opportunity to help patients by promoting health and preventing disease.
- Median salary: $73,150
- Number of jobs: 57,390
If you love teaching, becoming a nursing instructor or teacher might be the perfect career for you. There is a growing shortage of nursing faculty in academe. Whether in staff development or a university setting, learn how to teach patient care and help prepare nursing students for a career as a nurse in a variety of settings.
- Median salary: $106, 070
- Number of jobs: 314,950
Are you a nurse with a bachelor’s degree and want to take your career to a new level? A Master of Science in Nursing degree can provide the leadership skills and clinical expertise needed to get into the management realm of nursing. Clinical nurse specialists are dedicated clinicians within a target population who have organizational management, consulting, and care management expertise. Clinical care management and healthcare services management professionals are in demand, and this position is high-paying.
Other careers include those as a nurse navigator, researcher, manager, or administrator, or clinician working in geriatrics, recovery room, operating room, pediatrics, schools, or psychiatric/mental health.
Salary and number of jobs information was sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.