Nurses will be in high demand in 2016
Whether you’re considering a career in nursing or planning to take the next step in your career, 2016 is likely to be a good year for your profession. All indicators point to a high demand for nursing professionals in traditional settings like hospitals, clinics and physician practices, as well as new sectors like corporate wellness centers and retail establishments.
A recent study for Fast Company magazine put nursing at number one on the list of fastest-growing occupations that require a college education, ahead of software developers and other technology positions. Another indication: the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the nation will need more than 200,000 additional registered nurses in the coming year.
One of the reasons behind the shortage is the gradual shift in the nation’s healthcare system toward primary care services, with an emphasis on wellness and disease prevention. With primary care physicians also in short supply, many nurses have taken on more patient care and case management responsibilities or completed additional training to become nurse practitioners.
Other reasons include the aging of the nation’s healthcare workforce. The American Nurses Association reports that the average age of employed RNs continues to increase and a significant percentage will be retiring in the next few years. That will create career advancement opportunities for younger nurses in healthcare organizations across the country.
Of course, nurses aren’t the Americans who are growing older. As the 70-million Baby Boom generation moves into the traditional post-65 retirement years, their need for medical and nursing care will continue to increase.
Thanks to these nationwide supply and demand trends, now is an excellent time to pursue a career in nursing. Nurses can specialize in a particular field, like pediatrics or oncology, or choose to work in an in-patient, clinic, or non-traditional setting.
Today, there are more options in nursing than ever before, offering a variety of opportunities for rewarding careers. Keep an eye on our job board for nursing opportunities in your area.