Nurse Practitioner Ranked as the No. 2 Job for 2017

U.S. News and World Report has released its list of the 100 Best Jobs for 2017, and nurse practitioner was ranked No. 2.

To create the rankings, U.S. News pulls data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to identify jobs with the greatest hiring demand. The jobs are then scored based on median salary, employment rate, future job prospects, stress level, work-life balance, 10-year growth volume, and 10-year growth percentage.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the NP field will grow 35 percent by 2024, opening up 44,700 positions with a median salary of $98,190.

“This ranking reflects the opportunities nurse practitioners have to lead fulfilling careers as advanced practice registered nurses. By gaining a higher level of education and expertise, our graduates are able to have greater independence in their career, have an important impact on their patients’ lives, and earn a higher salary,” said Craig Sellers, PhD, RN, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP, professor of clinical nursing and the director of master’s programs at the University of Rochester School of Nursing.

“Locally in Rochester, nurse practitioners are consistently in demand, particularly in the areas of primary care and mental health, and almost all of our graduates immediately move into a new nurse practitioner role upon graduation.”

Health care professions dominated the rankings and three other nursing roles made the top 25, with registered nurse coming in at No. 22. The profession is expected to grow 16 percent by 2024, opening up 439,300 jobs with a median salary of $67,490.

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