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Nursing

A Few Facts About the Nursing Profession

  • Registered nurses constitute the largest health care occupation, with 2.4 million jobs.
  • About 3 out of 5 jobs are in hospitals.
  • The three major educational paths to registered nursing are a bachelor’s degree, an associate degree, and a diploma from an approved nursing program.
  • Registered nurses are projected to create the second largest number of new jobs among all occupations; job opportunities in most specialties and employment settings are expected to be excellent, with some employers reporting difficulty in attracting and retaining enough RNs.

The Nature of the Work

Nursing is a challenging profession that offers a wide range of career opportunities including, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) a Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Anesthestist, in addition to PhD programs in nursing.

For additional information on the Nursing profession, training, employment, job outlook, and salaries go to www.bls.gov/oco. Use the A to Z menu and click on the link for Registered Nurses.