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Registered Nurse

What they do:
Registered nurses treat, educate, provide advice, and support to patients and their families.  Nurses record medical histories, symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests, analyze results, administer treatment and medications.  Also, nurses promote general health through education on warning signs and symptoms, and where to go for help.   


There are several different degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

  • Associate degree in Nursing (ADN)

  • Diploma programs


  • National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)

What they make:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for registered  nurses in 2015 was $67,490 per year and $32.45 per hour.

Where they work:

  • Hospitals

  • Home healthcare services

  • Community Centers

  • Patients homes

  • Schools

  • Nursing care facilities

  • Physicians’ offices

  • Correctional facilities

  • Military

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics a 16% job growth rate is expected for registered nurses between 2014 and 2024, which is much faster than average for all occupations.


Updated January 2017