5 Most In Demand Nursing Jobs

Nursing jobs are in demand
We celebrate National Nurses Week from May 6 – 12. Let’s take a moment to honor nursing and the hardworking professionals who keep our nation healthy. Nurses treat patients and clients who struggle with illness and injury, but they also take care of our population in ways we may not recognize: Nurses often act as tireless public health advocates, educators, researchers, clinic managers, health policy experts, and technicians. Some run private practices, teach university courses, and lobby congress on health-related initiatives. And some nurses focus on areas of the healthcare field that are experiencing spikes in demand. It’s incredible. Hooray for nurses!Want to become a part of this? If so, you should contemplate your focus. Here are five specialty areas where you’ll find high levels of opportunity.

1. Nurse Midwife

Nurse midwives are Advanced Practice RNs (registered nurses) who complete a bachelor’s degree (BSN), then a Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery. Employers in search of nurse midwives also look for a few years of advanced experience. Once you have the necessary credentials, you’ll find plenty of job openings in this specific practice. By 2022, demand is expected to increase by about 31% Current nurse midwives earn an average of about $79,000 per year.

2. Clinical Nurse

Clinical nurses also need an MSN (that’s Master of Science in Nursing). They typically spend their days working with seriously ill patients in hospital and clinical settings. This nursing position requires specialized training and pays about $67,000 annually. About 20% job growth in this field is expected by 2022.

3. Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioners take on treatment and diagnostic responsibilities that vary slightly by state. In most cases, these responsibilities reflect those of a family practice doctor. In some states (such as, California, Michigan, and Texas), nurse practitioners work under the supervision of MDs. In others (such as, Oregon, Maine, and Iowa), they can operate their own private practices. This nursing role requires a BSN and MSN. In addition, it requires several years of experience and a license from the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Average salaries in this field reach about $94,000 and job growth will reach about 25% by 2022.

4. Nurse Anesthetist

Nurse anesthetists provide anesthesia for patients in the operating room. They also provide follow-up care after surgery. This nursing position demands a high level of training and experience (many employers require Phds, and most will by 2025), but it also pays better than many positions in the healthcare field. Salaries average around $154,000 per year. Growth in this field will reach about 22% by 2022.

5. Nurse Researcher

Nurse researchers work closely with research hospitals and medical organizations to design and execute clinical studies and analyze the resulting data. If you enjoy research — and writing grant proposals to fund your studies — this may be the perfect role for you. A BS and MSN are required. To stay competitive, get a PhD as well. Annual salaries average about $90,000.For more on how to land the healthcare job you’re looking for and drive the growth of your career, explore the job search resources available at MyPerfectResume.