There are many reports that talk about the increasing need for registered nurses. With the aging baby boomer population, planning for changing healthcare needs will be at the forefront of hospitals and providers across the country.
The registered nursing field is going to grow by 26% by 2020. If you break that down, it means that there are currently 2,737,400 jobs for registered nurses in the United States. And, by 2020, that number will be 3,449,300, showing an increase of 711,900. In comparison to other occupations that are growing by 14%, this field is far and away one that is at the top percentage of growth. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, Registered Nurses)
So, let's talk about pay. Registered nurses, on average, make $64,690 a year. When you compare nursing to other occupations that have an average salary of $33,840, you can see that becoming a registered nurse will offer you a secure, comfortable future. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. S. Department of Labor, Occupational Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, Registered Nurses)
You can easily plan to be a part of the 3,449,300 working registered nurses. There really is not a better time to gain your Associate Degree in Nursing. Working through your online program with The College Network is doable, and you can continue to work full time. Also, you can work at your own pace, on a schedule that fits into your life.
Learn more about our nursing programs here or call us today at (800)-39-LEARN to reach one of our Program Advisors and plan for your future.