While many blue collar jobs in the manufacturing, mining and construction industry continue to decline at drastic rates year-over-year in the United States, the demand for one job continues to hold a steady rise – nursing. According to LRS Healthcare, the demand for nurses in 2017 is at an all time high. The reality of the situation is that there’s been a nursing shortage in the U.S. for several years. This is a direct result of the healthcare industry not being able to keep up with the demand for nurses needed to efficiently treat the millions of Baby Boomers entering retirement. In fact, according to PBS, ten thousand Baby Boomers reach retirement age every day.
In order to properly prepare for the projected growth of healthcare industry, an additional 1.13 million nurses will be needed in the workforce by 2020 (American Nurses Association). Making Registered Nurses one of the most demanded jobs in the workforce this year, as well as for many years to come. While Registered Nurses in general are in high demand, there are also nursing specialities that are in particularly high demand. These specialities include, Dialysis, Emergency Room, Intensive Care Unit, Labor and Delivery, Neonatal and Operating Room. The demand for nurses also varies by location. The cities with the highest demand for healthcare professionals includes, Los Angeles, CA; Denver, CO; Seattle, WA; Atlanta, GA; Minneapolis, MN; Houston, TX; and Chicago, IL.
While the average growth rate for occupations is 7 percent from 2014 to 2024, Registered Nurses can expect their field to grow a whopping 16 percent (see chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics below).
As you can see, this is a great time to enter the healthcare industry. A career as a Registered Nurse offers many benefits, including job stability, a comfortable wage and favorable health insurance benefits. If you’re considering pursuing a career as a Registered Nurse, check out this great article on how to become an RN.