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10 Best-Paying Jobs with a Bachelor's Degree

10 Best-Paying Jobs with a Bachelor's Degree

Georgia Price / AllHealthcare and Bureau of Labor Statistics

Registered Nurse

Registered nurses (RNs), regardless of specialty or work setting, treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients’ family members. RNs record patients’ medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.

RNs teach patients and their families how to manage their illness or injury, explaining post-treatment home care needs; diet, nutrition, and exercise programs; and self-administration of medication and physical therapy. Some RNs work to promote general health by educating the public on warning signs and symptoms of disease. RNs also might run general health screening or immunization clinics, blood drives, and public seminars on various conditions.

Median Salary: $60,010

Projected Need (2016): 1,001,000

Projected Growth: 23%

Job Outlook: Overall job opportunities for registered nurses are expected to be excellent, but may vary by employment and geographic setting. Employment of RNs is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2016 and, because the occupation is very large, many new jobs will result. In fact, registered nurses are projected to generate 587,000 new jobs, among the largest number of new jobs for any occupation. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of job openings will result from the need to replace experienced nurses who leave the occupation.

More Resources:


Quiz: Nursing: Should I Give it a Try?
Career Guide: Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse: Kay Osinski, MS, RN, CCRN
Quiz: Would You Pass the NCLEX?

Bonus: Visit the Nursing Careers Page

Information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics


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