If you have a passion for healthcare and helping others, you most likely already have considered becoming a nurse. Before you commit to years of schooling, however, money is the big question at the end of the day. How much do nurses make? What is the nurse job outlook? Continue reading to find the answers to these questions and more.
How Much Does a Registered Nurse Make?
Across the United States, the average salary for registered nurses is $67,490, according to 2015 statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highest paying average is in California, with an annual mean wage of $101,260 in 2015.
Where Can I Work as a Nurse?
While there are a variety of settings that registered nurses can work in, there are a select few that are at the top of their class. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, some of the highest-paying and most prevalent industries that registered nurses are employed at are outpatient care centers, general medical and surgical hospitals, home and health care services, offices of physicians and nursing care facilities.
What is the Job Outlook for Registered Nurses?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024. Some of the reasons for the rapid growth of this industry are due to the increasing number of people who need preventative care and the treatment of rapidly increasing chronic conditions such as arthritis, dementia, diabetes and obesity. Due to the large baby boomer generation aging, there is a growing need for more nurses to accommodate this population.
Along with this, there is an increasing pressure on hospitals to discharge patients as soon as possible, leaving them to be admitted to long-term care facilities. This shows the need for more nurses to work in said facilities to take care of the patients. There is also expected to be an increase in outpatient care centers, ambulatory care setting and physicians’ offices.
At the end of the day, the growing demand for nurses makes nursing a great career path to pursue. In addition to salary benefits, you can find fulfillment as you work with patients and make a positive impact in their lives.
The mission of the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions at Grand Canyon University is to develop professionals using systems- and evidence-based practice to promote health, wellness, safety and quality care for individual patients and populations. For more information about our programs, visit us at our website or contact us using the Request More Information button.
Written by Adriana Carda, a junior earning a degree in psychology at GCU.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.