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Why Is Nursing a Good Career Choice?

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Making a career choice can be a daunting prospect. What you do for a living has a significant impact on your health, happiness, and your family, so it’s important to find what’s right for you. There are many advantages to a career in nursing that set it apart from other options. Flexibility. Security. Satisfaction. Nursing provides all of these. Let’s explore what makes nursing such a great career choice.

The Number of Nursing Job Opportunities

A key consideration in choosing your career is how easy it is to find a job. Nursing is an ever-growing field. Current predictions from the Bures of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that the number of Registered Nurse positions in the US will grow 6% between 2022 and 2032. Employment opportunities for Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners are predicted to grow by 38% between 2022 and 2032. This is much greater than the predicted U.S. job growth average of 0.3% per year for all other occupations.

Other nursing-related healthcare opportunities are seeing similar levels of growth, which far exceed the national average. With over 3.1 million Registered Nurse positions already existing across the US, the growth means there’s plenty of opportunities for new nurses entering the field.

There’s So Much Opportunity to Specialize

Throughout your nursing career, you’ll find ample opportunity to develop knowledge in areas you’re passionate about. You can select the type of institutions you want to work in, from hospitals to long-term care homes, or even the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. You can also choose the type of nursing care you want to specialize in, whether that’s pediatrics, emergency care, or medical-surgical.

On top of subject specialization, there’s so much opportunity to work towards your ideal role. This could be a Registered Nurse, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner, or a host of other positions.


The high demand for nurses means a nursing career can offer a lot of flexibility. The national demand for people working in the health care sector means it’s easy to change jobs or move to a new city. You can work part-time, full time, or per-diem. You can work day shift, evening shift or night shift. Your expert skills and training will mean you can take a career break for family or travel and return to the field when you want. There are so many ways nursing can benefit your lifestyle.

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Earning Potential

As a nurse, your earning potential will be substantial. Average annual earnings for a Registered Nurse in May 2023 stood at $ 94,480 according to data for the BLS. For Nurse Practitioners, this number jumps up to $ 128,490. Compared to the 2023 US average annual wage of $65,470, a career in nursing offers far more lucrative opportunities than many other career paths. This earning potential offers opportunities to build great lives for you and your family and enables you to attain the lifestyle you want.

Job Security

Nursing is an age-old profession. As long as humans have been providing health care, nurses have been there in some way, administering treatment, caring for patients, and supporting their recovery. The enduring need for nurses means you’ll have a lot of job security in this profession.

Even in times of economic instability, nurses are always sought after, and there are few other jobs that can offer this level of reliability. Especially as the U.S. population continues to age, the need for nurses will only grow, cementing this career as a fantastic long-term choice to help you build and support yourself and your family.

Strong Personal Satisfaction

Doing a job where you know you’re making a real difference in people’s lives is a powerful thing. Famous nurses such as Clara Barton and Mary Seacole have gone down in history as pioneers of care and nursing. There are few careers that offer the chance to truly help people as much as nursing does. No matter the specialty you choose, you can take from your work the strong sense of satisfaction that only comes from knowing you’ve really made a difference to someone’s life. Whether you work in midwifery, pediatrics, emergency, palliative care, or anywhere else in the health care sector, your job offers the chance to help a wide range of people.

In addition to a sense of doing something meaningful, nursing offers fantastic opportunities for advancement, so you won’t feel like you’re standing still in your career. You can climb the ladder to Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, Nurse Midwife, or any other of a wide range of nursing positions.

Nursing is an exciting, rewarding career choice. It offers flexibility to do what you want, an income to support your goals, and job security for your peace of mind.


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