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Why be a Nurse?

Nursing is an emotionally fulfilling and rewarding career, and there are tangible benefits, too. Learn more below, and see why nursing might be the career for you.
  • Nursing is the fastest-growing occupation in the US. Nurses make up the majority of the healthcare industry, and that number’s going up, with 581,500 more nursing jobs by 2018. Why? There are a lot of reasons, including an aging population and a shrinking nursing workforce.

  • You’ll have options.

    Few professions give you as many choices of where to work, areas to specialize in, or degrees to use. The range of nursing specialties is almost as varied as the personalities of the nurses themselves, so no matter what kind of person you are, there’s a place in nursing for you.

  • You’ll have benefits.

    Recent nursing school grads enjoy some of the highest starting salaries among their peers in other industries. As you can see below, nurses in Personal Care Services are in the lead, by industry. Most of these nurses work in doctors’ offices, hospitals and outpatient facilities.

  • You'll have flexibility.

  • Flexible schedules

    Depending on the specialty you choose, you’ll work during different times of the day in 4, 8, 10, or 12-hour shifts. You can work weekdays, weekends, or a combination. Flexible schedules are especially helpful for parents who need to adjust their hours for family and child-care needs.

  • Flexible Locations

    People need healthcare everywhere. You can work in urban hospitals, suburban doctors’ offices, on Indian reservations, or Alaskan outposts. Travel across the country, or the globe—wherever your destination, there’s a need for a nurse.

  • Flexible Career

    With 104 specialties and a number of advanced nursing degrees, it’s easy to see why most nurses change jobs throughout their careers. As a nurse, you can move laterally, to another specialty, or build on your education, and move up.

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