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Job prospects for RNs are excellent. It is the largest healthcare occupation, and is one of the top 10 occupations for growth according to the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations. The 2014 median pay was $66,640 annually, for registered nurses.

Three of the most financially rewarding careers for nurses are Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Certified Nurse Midwife, and Nurse Practitioners. In 2014, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners, also known as advanced practice registered nurses or APRNs, earned a median annual salary of $102,670. Employment for each of these groups is projected to grow 31 percent from 2014 and 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

In May 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an average income of $42,040 for licensed practical or vocational nurses. Broken down by percentile, the lowest-earning 25 percent of LPNs reported wages of up to $34,670 per year. Their median income was $41,150 per year, while the highest-earning 25 percent reported incomes of $47,920 or higher.

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