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Registered Nurse Job Outlook

The Registered Nurse Job Outlook is very good, as employment of RNs is expected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the 11% average for most occupations. Several factors lie behind the positive Registered Nurse Job Outlook. Growth will be fueled primarily from technological advancements that permit a greater number of health problems to be treated; more emphasis on preventive care; and growing demand for healthcare services from the large, aging baby boomer population as they live longer and lead more active lives than previous generations. Traditional hospital settings, as well as in non-hospital settings, such as physicianís offices and home healthcare services, are expected to see faster than average growth in registered nurse employment

Registered Nurse Job Outlook is expected to be much better than average in outpatient care centers such as those that provide same-day chemotherapy, rehabilitation, and surgery. Also, the registered nurse job outlook in physician office settings is expected to be very favorable as the trend toward an increased number of procedures, as well as more sophisticated procedures, being done in physicians' offices rather than hospitals continues.

The financial pressure on hospitals to release patients as soon as possible should mean more people admitted to extended and long-term care facilities and greater need for home healthcare. With the baby boom generation growing older, there will be greater demand for extended care and home healthcare services which, in turn, will boost the registered nurse job outlook in these settings

Further boosting the registered nurse job outlook is expected growth for services offered by facilities that provide long-term rehabilitation for head injury and stroke patients, as well as facilities that treat people with Alzheimer's disease and similar conditions (memory loss, dementia, etc)

Overall, registered nurse job opportunities are expected to be excellent. Employers in some parts of the country and in some employment settings already report difficulty in attracting and keeping enough registered nurses and this situation is expected to persist

Even in hospitals, because of the relatively high turnover of hospital nurses, the registered nurse job outlook should be excellent. To attract and keep qualified nurses, hospitals may offer signing bonuses and special employment benefits and incentives

In outpatient care centers and physicians' offices, registered nurses could see greater competition for positions since these jobs generally offer more predictable working hours and provide more comfortable working conditions than hospitals

Generally, registered nurses with at least a bachelorís degree in nursing (BSN) will have better job prospects than those without one

All four advanced practice registered nurses (nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse anesthetists) will be in high demand, particularly in medically underserved areas such as inner cities and rural areas.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor


Registered Nurse Job Outlook 2012 to 2022







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Job Outlook for Select Health Professions
by Projected Job Growth from 2010 to 2020
:
52% - Veterinary Technicians
44% - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
39% - Physical Therapists
38% - Dental Hygienists
37% - Audiologists
37% - Counselors
36% - Medical Scientists
36% - Veterinarians
33% - Emergency Medical Technicians
33% - Occupational Therapists
33% - Optometrists
32% - Pharmacy Technicians
31% - Dental Assistants
31% - Medical Assistants
30% - Physician Assistants
29% - Cardiovascular Technologists
29% - Opticians
28% - Chiropractors
28% - Radiologic Technologists
28% - Respiratory Therapists
26% - Registered Nurses
25% - Pharmacists
25% - Social Workers
24% - Physicians and Surgeons
23% - Speech Language Pathologists
22% - Health Services Management
22% - Licensed Practical Nurses
22% - Psychologists
21% - Dentists
21% - Health Information Technicians
20% - Dietitians
20% - Podiatrists
19% - Nuclear Medicine Technologists
19% - Surgical Technologists
17% - Recreational Therapists
11% - Clinical Laboratory Technicians
9% - Occupational Safety Specialists
6% - Medical Transcriptionists
0% - Dental Lab Technician




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