Graduate Salary
2-4 years
Avg Length

Nursing Requirements

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.

Nursing Careers

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 Registered Nurse, followed by Nurse, Nurse Educator, Nurse Practitioner, Midwife, Informatics Nurse Specialist, Medical Assistant, Orderly, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Food Server.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Registered Nurse 5.9% 0.2% 27.8×
Nurse 8.8% 0.6% 15.8×
Nurse Educator 3.7% 0.0% 305.6×
Nurse Practitioner 1.4% 0.0% 96.5×
Midwife 1.2% 0.0% 57.9×
Informatics Nurse Specialist 2.9% 0.0% 1293.0×
Medical Assistant 1.2% 0.5% 2.5×
Orderly 0.8% 0.3% 2.8×
Clinical Nurse Specialist 1.9% 0.0% 392.4×
Food Server 3.2% 3.6% 0.9×

Nursing Salary

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 Underemployment

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
Part-Time 21%
Jobs that don't require college 15%
Low-paying 3%

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