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5 Different Jobs you can get with a Nursing Degree

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 illnesses, 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

Registered Nurse (RN)

  • 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.

Nurse Midwife

  • 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 the autonomous practice. A graduate degree is required for this position.

Nurse Practitioner

  • 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.

Nurse Educator

  • 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.

Healthcare Services Manager or Clinical Nurse Specialist

  • 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, administrator, or clinician working in geriatrics, recovery room, operating room, pediatrics, schools, or psychiatric/mental health.

Salary and number of jobs information were sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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