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More Men Becoming Nurses, Census Bureau Reports

April 2013

In 2011, there were 3.5 million employed nurses in the U.S. and 78 percent were registered nurses, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report. The report, Men in Nursing Occupations, presents data from the 2011 American Community Survey, which measured the percentage of men in each of the following nursing occupations: registered nurse, nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, and licensed practical and licensed vocational nurse.

The survey findings show that the percentage of male registered nurses has more than tripled since 1970, from 2.7 percent to 9.6 percent in 2011. The male proportion of practical and licensed vocational nurses has also increased during the same period, from 3.9 percent to 8.1 percent. Additionally, the survey found that nurse anesthetist jobs have the highest concentration of men across all nursing occupations, with men holding 41 percent of nurse anesthetist positions.

To access the full results of the study, visit

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