Nurses will be in high demand (again) in 2017
Whether you’re considering a career in nursing or planning to take the next step in your career, 2017 is 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 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 shows that employment of Registered Nurses is projected to grow 16% from 2014 to 2024, which exceeds the average for all other occupations.
Reasons behind the growth are the shifts in the nation’s healthcare system toward primary care services, with an emphasis on wellness and disease prevention along with a higher demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population. 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.
Another shift occurring according to American Nurses Association is that the average age of employed RNs continues to increase and a significant percentage will be retiring in the next few years. This will create career advancement opportunities for younger nurses in healthcare organizations across the country.
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.