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In June of 2009, hospitals and care facilities added 21,000 new jobs while the country as a whole eliminated 467,000. Over the next few years, 581,500 more registered nurse jobs will be created—and in addition to those 581,500 jobs, hundreds of thousands of jobs will open up as experienced nurses retire and leave the field. What do all of these large numbers mean? In an otherwise unstable jobs climate, nurses aren't going anywhere. And it's a good thing. From forensic nursing to school nursing, nurses are essential to our everyday health.

To find out more about the growing field of nursing, browse our selection of content and learn about:

  • What characteristics you need in order to succeed as a nurse
  • Nursing salaries at both the national and metropolitan levels
  • Different nursing disciplines and the required training for each

Already the largest profession in the healthcare industry, these growth predictions from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show just how rapidly the field of nursing is expected to grow:

This kind of growth is exciting—which is why it's important to research the field in order to decide on a path that works for you. Experiment with the dropdown menu and use the links provided to learn more detailed information.

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Health & Medical
Occupation Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
2018
Change
2018
% Change
Behavioral Health Technicians 72,650 $28,700 $13.80 $37,500 $18.00 2,400 4.2%
Cardiovascular Technologists 48,720 $49,400 $23.80 $64,200 $30.90 11,900 24.1%
Clinical Nurses 2,655,020 $64,700 $31.10 $79,000 $38.00 581,500 22.2%
Diagnostic Sonographers 53,010 $64,400 $31.00 $75,300 $36.20 9,200 18.3%
Dietary Technicians 23,890 $27,100 $13.00 $35,300 $17.00 3,500 13.9%
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) 221,760 $30,400 $14.60 $39,600 $19.00 19,000 9.0%
Health Specialties Professors 144,780 $85,300 NA $135,700 NA NA NA
Health Technologists 87,900 $38,500 $18.50 $51,000 $24.50 15,300 18.7%
Healthcare Support Technicians 193,980 $30,300 $14.60 $37,400 $18.00 34,300 17.1%
Healthcare Technical Workers 55,720 $44,000 $21.10 $68,700 $33.00 9,400 15.9%
Licensed Practical Nurses 730,290 $40,400 $19.40 $47,400 $22.80 155,600 20.7%
Masseurs and Masseuses 60,040 $34,900 $16.80 $51,400 $24.70 23,200 18.9%
Medical Administrative Assistants 494,650 $30,500 $14.70 $37,200 $17.90 125,500 26.6%
Medical Aides 523,260 $28,900 $13.90 $34,500 $16.60 163,900 33.9%
Medical Equipment Maintenance Technicians 32,980 $44,500 $21.40 $57,600 $27.70 11,300 27.2%
Medical Laboratory Technicians 156,480 $36,300 $17.40 $45,700 $22.00 25,000 16.1%
Medical Laboratory Technologists 164,430 $56,100 $27.00 $66,400 $31.90 20,500 11.9%
Medical Records Technicians 176,090 $32,400 $15.60 $42,200 $20.30 35,100 20.3%
Medical Social Workers 143,080 $47,200 $22.70 $59,300 $28.50 31,100 22.4%
Medical Supply Technicians 47,310 $29,500 $14.20 $35,600 $17.10 6,000 12.8%
Medical Transcribers 78,780 $32,900 $15.80 $39,300 $18.90 11,700 11.2%
Mental Health Aides 64,730 $25,000 $12.00 $31,800 $15.30 3,600 5.8%
Nuclear Medicine Technicians 21,600 $68,600 $33.00 $80,500 $38.70 3,600 16.3%
Nursing Instructors and Professors 54,050 $62,400 NA $79,100 NA NA NA
Nursing Orderlies and Attendants 1,451,090 $24,000 $11.50 $29,100 $14.00 276,000 18.8%
Occupational Rehabilitation Aides 7,180 $27,400 $13.20 $36,200 $17.40 2,400 30.7%
Occupational Safety Technicians 10,040 $45,300 $21.80 $57,900 $27.80 1,600 14.4%
Occupational Therapy Technicians 27,720 $51,000 $24.50 $60,700 $29.20 7,900 29.8%
Optical Lab Technicians 27,880 $28,000 $13.50 $35,300 $17.00 5,200 14.7%
Oral Hygienists 177,520 $68,300 $32.80 $81,300 $39.10 62,900 36.1%
Orthodontic Assistants 294,030 $33,500 $16.10 $39,900 $19.20 105,600 35.8%
Orthodontic Technicians 38,360 $35,100 $16.90 $45,700 $22.00 6,400 13.9%
Personal Health Aides 982,840 $20,600 $9.90 $24,000 $11.60 460,900 50.0%
Pharmacy Assistants 49,580 $21,400 $10.30 $25,800 $12.40 -3,500 -6.3%
Pharmacy Technologists 333,500 $28,400 $13.70 $34,600 $16.60 99,800 30.6%
Physical Therapy Aides 45,900 $23,700 $11.40 $28,800 $13.90 16,700 36.3%
Physical Therapy Assistants 65,960 $49,700 $23.90 $59,100 $28.40 21,200 33.3%
Physician Aides 81,420 $86,400 $41.50 $101,700 $48.90 29,200 39.0%
Respiratory Technicians 13,570 $45,200 $21.70 $55,500 $26.70 -200 -1.1%
Sports Trainers 16,290 $41,600 NA $51,300 NA 6,000 37.0%
Surgery Technologists 92,260 $39,900 $19.20 $47,600 $22.90 23,200 25.3%

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