The Top Nursing Jobs Based on Growth for 2017Wednesday, August 02, 2017
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of nursing is expected to grow by 19 percent through the year 2022. There's no doubt about it: Nurses are in demand, and that won't be changing anytime soon. However, certain nursing jobs and specializations are going to grow more than others over the next decade or so.
If you are looking for a nursing job or specialization that will serve you well for many years to come, keep the following 10 positions in mind. In 2017, they are the top nursing jobs based on growth:
- Neonatal Nurse - Neonatal nurses care for premature infants. They typically work in hospitals, and they are usually located in neonatal intensive care units, or NICUs. Their median annual salary is around $65,000, and demand for neonatal nurses is expected to rise by 17 percent through 2022. To become a neonatal nurse, you'll need a bachelor of science in nursing, or BSN, a master of science in nursing, or MSN, and specialized training.
- Clinical Nurse - As a clinical nurse, you would be responsible for diagnosing and treating patients who suffer from serious health issues like heart disease, cancer, lung disease and other chronic conditions. This field is projected to grow by 20 percent through the year 2022, and the median annual salary is $67,000. Clinical nurses are advance practice nurses, so in addition to a BSN, you will need a MSN and specialized training.
- Nurse Midwife - Nurse midwives help to deliver babies, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. They work with expectant mothers from the time that they learn that they are expecting through long after their babies are born. According to the BLS, this field is expected to grow by 31 percent through the year 2022. The median annual salary is $79,000. To become one, you will need a BSN as well as an MSN with a specialization in nurse midwifery.
- Dialysis Nurse - Dialysis nurses work closely with people who suffer from kidney diseases. Patients whose kidneys don't function properly rely on dialysis to filter their blood. Many of the patients need kidney transplants. This field is projected to grow by 19 percent through the year 2022, and the median annual salary is $64,000. If you would like to become a dialysis nurse, you will need your BSN. You will also need to complete classes that involve dialysis, including pharmacology and nephrology.
- Health Policy Nurse - Unlike most RNs, health policy nurses don't work directly with patients. Instead, they work at the administrative level at a variety of private and public organizations. These professionals work to develop policies that make people healthier. They may also help to develop new health care laws. This field is projected to grow by 17 percent through the year 2022, and the median annual salary is $66,000. To get there, you will need a BSN and an MSN and will have to complete a health policy residency.
- Nurse Practitioner - Nurse practitioners are authorized to provide much of the same type of care as doctors. In some states, they can even own their own practices. Since there is currently a shortage of doctors, nurse practitioners are in especially high demand around the country. The BLS projects that this field will grow by 25 percent through the year 2022. The median annual salary is $94,000. To become a nurse practitioner, you'll need your BSN, your MSN and many years of experience in the field.
- Informatics Nurse - Like health policy nurses, informatics nurses don't typically work with patients. Instead, they collect, analyze and interpret data for their employers. They may also be charged with training fellow employees to properly use new types of technology. Informatics nurses work in hospitals, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies and many other places. Demand for these professionals is expected to increase steadily as more organizations switch to digital data. The median annual salary is $83,000. To become an informatics nurse, you will need your BSN and should also complete classes in informatics.
- Nurse Educator - As the name implies, a nurse educator teaches and trains others to become nurses. They also train existing nurses in new specializations. If you don't necessarily want to work with patients and enjoy teaching others, this may be the field for you. It is expected to grow by 19 percent through the year 2022, and the median annual salary is $65,000. To become a nurse educator, you will need experience as an RN, a BSN and most likely an MSN. Many nurse educators also have their doctor of nursing practice, or DNP.
- Nurse Anesthetist - Nurse anesthetists are perpetually in high demand, and they enjoy some of the most competitive pay in the industry. They administer anesthesia, monitor patients who are under anesthesia and assist them in recovering. To become one, you'll need your BSN, at least two years of experience as an RN and an MSN in nurse anesthesia. You most likely will also need to work in acute care. This field is projected to grow by 22 percent through 2022, and the median salary is $154,300.
- Nurse Researcher - Nurse researchers work at research and medical organizations and assist in clinical studies. They may also work to improve the way in which nurses work. Much of the work involves writing grant proposals and analyzing data. This field is projected to grow by 26 percent through the year 2020, and the median salary is $90,000. To become one, you will need your BSN and MSN and most likely your doctorate too.
As you can see, the nursing field is rife with great opportunities. Most specializations are expected to grow in demand over the next decade, so find one that appeals to you and take the necessary steps to get there.