An individual needs to determine which nursing degree is required for the nurse career they want. A bachelor of science in nursing from an accredited nursing program is required for most nursing careers, is preferred by most nursing leaders, and provides the best opportunities in today's job market.
A master's degree in nursing is required to become an advanced practice nurse, and a specialized master's degree is required to become a mid-level provider, such as a nurse practitioner or certified registered nurse anesthetist.
There are two types of doctorates in nursing - a Doctor of Nursing Practice, and a Doctor of Nursing Science. The latter is the more common choice for those who wish to be professors at nursing programs, or researchers.
The career trajectory of people with a Nursing degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Nursing degrees have experience in is Nurse, followed by Registered Nurse, Nurse Educator, Food Server, Informatics Nurse Specialist, Retail Salesperson, Customer Service Representative, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Cashier.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Informatics Nurse Specialist||2.9%||0.0%||1285.7×|
|Customer Service Representative||1.9%||2.1%||0.9×|
|Clinical Nurse Specialist||1.9%||0.0%||390.1×|
|Acute Care Nurse Practitioner||1.7%||0.0%||951.3×|
Nursing graduates earn on average $48k, putting them in the 75th percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||$39k|
|Median (average earners)||$48k|
|75th (top earners)||$58k|
Nursing graduates are highly employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Proportion of graduates|
|Jobs that don't require college||15%|