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February 15, 2016

U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Jobs of 2016: Where are Nurses?

Released online January 26th, 2016, U.S. News and World Reports announced the best jobs of 2016 . And the best part about it? Heath care jobs take most of the top 10 spots!

So what does that mean for you? Well, U.S. News ranks jobs based on several criteria: median salary, employment rate, 10-year growth, job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance. This means they’re looking at jobs that pay well, need employees, and offer additional perks for that position. With the need for nurses rising dramatically in the U.S., these rankings provide great insight into the future of nursing careers in America.

Are you currently a nurse? Or looking to advance your nursing profession?

Check out these nursing careers ranked in the top 100:

  • #4: Nurse Anesthetist

A nurse anesthetist specializes in the administration of anesthesia. They differ from anesthesiologists because of education; nurse anesthetists specialize in anesthesiology and have at least one year of critical experience as well as a master’s degree.

Median Salary: $153,780

Unemployment Rate: 1.3%

Number of Jobs: 7,400

  • #6: Nurse Practitioner

A nurse practitioner is an advanced practice registered nurse, and has received additional education. Similar to physicians, APRNs have less formal education and instead have a strong nursing background to rely on for management of medical issues.

Median Salary: $95,350

Unemployment Rate: 1.3%

Number of Jobs: 44,700

  • #22: Registered Nurse

A registered nurse has graduated from a college’s nursing program or a school of nursing and has passed a national licensing exam. Responsibilities range greatly, as well type of patients.

Median Salary: $66,640

Unemployment Rate: 2.1%

Number of jobs: 439,300

  • #69: Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse

An LPN (or LVN if employed in California or Texas) cares for people who are sick, injured, recovering, or disabled. They work under the direction of registered nurses or physicians, and often have the most hands-on relationship with patients.

Median Salary: $42,490

Unemployment Rate: 3.1%

Number of Jobs: 117,300

Don't forget to check out the 15 highest paying nursing careers!

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