Considering a career in nursing or already working in the field?

Nurses have been in high demand for several years, and that demand remains strong. This is partly because aging members of the huge Baby Boomer generation are beginning to require more and more medical care.

According to the American Nurses Association, 53 percent of registered nurses (RNs) are older than 50. A study by CareerBuilder and EMSI indicated that 62 percent of nurses are considering retirement within the next three years. With an array of career opportunities within nursing including such occupations as nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner and nurse midwife, nursing tops the list for opportunities in the medical field.

RNs, who can be licensed with either a bachelor’s or associate degree, earn a median salary above $66,000 per year. However, almost half of employers now require a bachelor’s degree. Specialized careers in nursing require either a bachelor’s or master’s degree, but the mean salary of advanced practice RNs is about $110,000 per year.