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 Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, followed by Petroleum Pump System Operator, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator, Food Safety And Quality Technician, Midwife, Luthier, Naturopathic Physician, Nurse Practitioner, and Pharmaceutical Sales Representative.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Acute Care Nurse Practitioner||2.1%||0.0%||673.7×|
|Petroleum Pump System Operator||1.9%||0.0%||533.1×|
|Clinical Nurse Specialist||1.8%||0.0%||434.5×|
|Food Safety And Quality Technician||1.1%||0.0%||104.0×|
|Pharmaceutical Sales Representative||0.8%||0.0%||49.7×|
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 not very underemployed 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||Employment potential|
|Jobs that don't require college||85%|