Career Opportunities in Nursing: Where, What, and How

The outlook for careers in nursing continues to be bright. More than one million new and replacement positions for registered nurses are projected to become available by 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics—more than any other occupation except personal care aides.1

As job openings continue to be robust in a rapidly evolving health care landscape, the profession is changing. Nurses are highly recognized as full partners in managing the complex healthcare of their patients, while a broad range of organizations are calling for a more highly educated workforce. Both the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing believe the changing skills of nursing require a bachelor’s degree as the “minimal preparation for professional practice.”2 In 2010, the Institute of Medicine set an industry goal to increase the number of nurses with a bachelor’s degree to 80 percent by the year 2020.3

The numbers are already growing. Today, roughly 39 percent of RNs hold a BSN or graduate degree, a 135 percent increase between 2001 and 20114. In a 2013 national workforce survey, 41% of nurses responding who identified their primary practice as in hospital had a BSN.5

Holding a BSN degree can maximize your career options. Read our infographic to learn more about job openings and salaries by region, as well as job requirements and how top-flight facilities are increasingly looking for the best-educated nursing professionals.

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