The long-term outlook for nursing jobs is bright in the United States, as projections show that if you have a nursing degree, you will be in high demand for at least the next ten years, says Bill Pedrey, who is a nurse recruiter in Tampa \ Clearwater Area with over 40 years of experience.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be more than half a million jobs for nurses between the years of 2012 and 2022. During this period, the workforce of Registered Nurses (RNs) is projected to have growth from 2.7 million nurses to 3.2 million. This is an increase of 526,800 new jobs. Also, to replace the nurses who are working now, but will be leaving the field due to retirement and other reasons, total another 525,000, so a total of over a million new nursing jobs are coming available in the next 8 to 10 years.
Nursing has always been a very marketable degree according to a Nursing College Dean, as she said that she has seen several cycles of shortages as well as an oversupply of nurses and, those who are committed to the profession and are willing to learn will always have a place in the nursing field.
All of this is good news for nursing students now in school and those who are contemplating beginning their education in this area. It should be realized, however, that just because you come out of nursing school with a degree, does not always mean that you will immediately jump into a high paying nursing job. Different parts of the country have different supply and demand issues, just as different regions have different economic conditions.
New graduates still have to take part in competitive job interviews and be deemed competent to work in the field. Different areas will have varying selection processes and availability of employment, so graduates will still have to be selective as to where they would like to locate.
There is one rule that is good to know, and be able to follow, and that is that the more education you have, the more likely you are to get hired. Students with Bachelor degrees in Nursing (BSN) and higher degrees have especially good chances of landing good jobs. In 2012, nearly 60 percent of BSNs had jobs before graduation which is significant when compared to 30 percent of jobs available across all professions coming out of college according to Search One, a healthcare Recruitment Firm with decades of experience recruiting medical professionals such as RN’s or Registered Nurses.
There is a definite correlation to nurses having more education about patient outcomes too. The more education that nurses have, the better the patients do under their care, so hospitals and other medical institutions are eager to hire more on that basis. And because of this statistic, more and more hospitals are requiring nurses to have their Baccalaureate degree.
So nursing is emerging as a stable, lifelong profession where both male and female nurses are in demand. The more male nurses there are, the better, as there seems to be room for all. There is also room for advancement for nurses into the Nurse Practitioner programs and the Physicians Assistant Programs.
Our population is growing as the baby boomers are retiring in droves, and many of them are getting sicker and sicker. It only stands firm and vigorous to reason that the demand for quality nursed is going to continue to rise quite a couple more years.