Nursing Careers

Nursing careers are an exciting and meaningful thing - you will change and save lives. Too often though, people think the only thing they can do with a nursing degree is become a registered nurse. With a multitude of nursing careers available in the field, this couldn't be further from the truth. You can decide on a nursing career based on the types of patients you want, the environments you want to work in, the degree you hold, or how much you want to make.

You have a wide range of options, so don't be limited by what people have told you about nursing careers. Browse the nursing careers below to discover your nursing niche

  • Pros of Nursing Careers

  • • Rewarding, satisfying and meaningful work
  • • Seeing the results of the people you help
  • • Staying active
  • • Flexible working option
  • Cons of Nursing Careers

  • • Physically and emotionally difficult
  • • Long hours
  • • People take you for granted
  • • Can be exposed to many different illnesses

Nursing Careers

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

  • • Average Salary: $25,710
  • • Focus: General Care
  • • Minimum Degree Needed: Diploma or certificate
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

  • • Average Salary: $81,305
  • • Focus: Advanced Practice, General Care
  • • Minimum Degree Needed: MSN
  • Flight Nurse

  • • Average Salary: $61,752
  • • Focus: Emergency Medicine
  • • Minimum Degree Needed: BSN
  • Labor and Delivery Nurse

  • • Average Salary: $56,858
  • • Focus: Emergency Medicine, General Care, Surgery
  • • Minimum Degree Needed: ADN, BSN recommended
  • LPN/LVN

  • • Average Salary: $44,030
  • • Focus: General Care
  • • Minimum Degree Needed: Diploma, certificate, or AND
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse

  • • Average Salary: $61,208
  • • Focus: Newborns
  • • Minimum Degree Needed: ADN; BSN recommended
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

  • • Average Salary: $133,115
  • • Focus: Advanced Practice, Surgery
  • • Minimum Degree Needed: BSN, graduation from accredited graduate school of nurse anesthesia
  • Nurse Educator

  • • Average Salary: $73,150
  • • Focus: Education
  • • Minimum Degree Needed: BSN, but MSN recommended for more career opportunities
  • Nurse Practitioner

  • • Average Salary: $85,522
  • • Focus: Advanced Practice, General Care
  • • Minimum Degree Needed: MSN
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Nurse (OB GYN)

  • • Average Salary: $60,000
  • • Focus: Advanced Practice
  • • Minimum Degree Needed: BSN
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

  • • Average Salary: $56,407
  • • Focus: Mental Health
  • • Minimum Degree Needed: ADN; more opportunity with BSN or MSN
  • Registered Nurse

  • • Average Salary: $57,077
  • • Focus: Emergency Medicine, General Care
  • • Minimum Degree Needed: ADN, but a BSN is recommended because of higher salary and better job outlook
  • School Nurse

  • • Average Salary: $40,146
  • • Focus: Children, Education, Schools
  • • Minimum Degree Needed: ADN, BSN recommended
  • Travel Nurse

  • • Average Salary: $63,039
  • • Focus: General Care
  • • Minimum Degree Needed: ASN, certifications in specialty area recommended