What They Do:
Registered nurses treat, educate, provide advice, and support to patients and their families. Nurses record medical histories, symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests, analyze results, administer treatment and medications.  Also, nurses promote general health through education on warning signs and symptoms, and where to go for help.   


There are several different degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

  • Diploma programs


  • National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)

What They Make:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2019 annual salary was 73,300 per year.                                        

Where They Work:

  • Hospitals

  • Home healthcare services

  • Community Centers

  • Patients homes

  • Schools

  • Nursing care facilities

  • Physicians’ offices

  • Correctional facilities

  • Military

Career Outlook:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a 7% job growth rate is expected for registered nurses between 2019 and 2029, which is much faster than average for all occupations.


Helpful Links:




Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm 

Updated February 2021