Did you know that nurses are the most trusted professionals, and in fact come in at number one of a Top 5 list that includes medical doctors, pharmacists, police officers, and clergy? This is according to Gallup’s annual survey, which for the past 12 years has found that the public has voted nurses as the most ethical and honest professions in America.
And with that vote of confidence, the BSN is among the highest-paying bachelor degrees, according to PayScale.com’s 2015-2016 College Salary Report. Couple that with the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s prediction that the shortage of nursing will reach an all-time high of 800,000 by 2020, and it’s clear that there has never been a better time to pursue your nursing degree than now.
Today’s BSN-prepared nurses can choose from a broad array of registered nurse positions, including those in nursing management, clinical nursing practice, and specialized nursing. According to NurseJournal.org, some of the highest-paying nursing jobs include:
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist ($105K – $130K annually)
- Nurse Researcher ($75K – $95K annually)
- Mental Health Nurse Practitioner ($70K – $90K average)
- Certified Nurse Midwife ($75K median salary)
- Pediatric Nurse (~ $67K)
- Orthopedic Nurse (up to $120K)
- Nurse Practitioner ($78K starting salary)
- Clinical Nurse Specialist (up to $104K)
Nurses work in settings such as:
- Government and Social Assistance Agencies
- Doctor’s Offices
- Home Health Services
- Nursing Care Facilities
- Employment Services
- And many more!
Ready to pursue the fastest-growing occupation in the U.S. today? Learn how you can begin your educational journey at the career-oriented University of Bridgeport School of Nursing. Click here for admissions information for the Traditional BSN or the RN to BSN program.