Learn about the types of people who become clinical nurse specialists. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.
Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2023
This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a clinical nurse specialist. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.
More women than men are interested in becoming clinical nurse specialists at a ratio of 1.46 to 1.
Actual Gender Mix, 2023
85% of clinical nurse specialists are female and 15% are male.
Gender Bias, 2023
This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a clinical nurse specialist and the actual gender mix of people in the career.
If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a clinical nurse specialist and those who end up becoming one.
In this case there are significantly more men interested in becoming a clinical nurse specialist than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.
Ethnic Mix, 2019
The largest ethnic group of clinical nurse specialists are White, making up 59% of the population. The next highest segments are Black or African American and Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish, making up 14% and 14% respectively.