It’s looking like a better and better deal these days to become a nurse practitioner.
According to a 2013 survey, full-time salaries for nurse practitioners (NPs) in the U.S. rose more than $8,000 between 2011 and 2013.
Nurse practitioners employed on an hourly basis saw just under $3 in higher wages in 2013 compared to 2011.
What’s more, nurse practitioners seem to be getting a bit of a reprieve in the number of hours they have to work for a particular wage, be it full-time or for hourly pay.
And there’s a growing demand for more of them.
Over the last decade, the number of nurse practitioners working in the U.S. has exploded from an estimated 97,000 to more than 189,000.
According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), such NPs are working in all areas of specialization.
Thanks to the triple-headed healthcare challenge that includes sweeping reforms, the looming doctor shortage of 2020 (and-beyond), and the skyrocketing medical needs of baby boomers, nurse practitioners are more in demand than ever and salaries are reflecting this:
According to the National Salary Survey, the median annual salary for nurse practitioners has increased in the last decade from $69,203 to $90,700. Perhaps even more impressively, the top 10% of NPs in the country earn more than $120,000.
And the future job forecast for nurse practitioners is only getting better:
Unemployment rates for aspiring NPs are extremely low…and malpractice rates are virtually nonexistent.
Check out this infographic from the AANP for even more plusses to entering this area of the healthcare profession.
Are you going through to become a nurse practitioner or thinking of it?
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