The job market for nursing is rapidly growing. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, only 10.6% of all registered nurses are under the age of 30 with the average age currently at 46 years old. What’s more, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), projected registered nursing as the top occupation in terms of the largest job growth. While earning a college degree is a really big accomplishment, it is also a very big commitment to pay for it. The income earned in the first year out of school is a key factor in paying off college loans and launching careers.
After nurses finish nursing school, choosing the right nursing specialty becomes their chief focus. With so many specialties to choose from, many prospective nurses find it difficult to just pick one, but with nearly every specialty requiring candidates to pass a series of exams and fulfill a period of on-the-job training, time is of the essence.
Nurses are in high demand across the country. Since they can work anywhere, salary is often a top consideration when nurses decide where they’d like to live. According to the BLS, the following five states offer the highest pay for RNs; if you are thinking about relocation, perhaps a move to one of these states is in your future.
Demand for nurses is growing, but nursing educators say the message is clear: An associate degree is no longer enough.
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Liz Di Bernardo