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 our nursing careers below to discover your nursing niche — learn more about each nursing career by clicking the “learn more” button.

Pros and Cons of a Nursing Career

Pros of Nursing Careers

  • Rewarding, satisfying and meaningful work
  • Seeing the results of the people you help
  • Staying active
  • Flexible working options

Cons of Nursing Careers

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

*The top results from our proprietary nursing survey of over 400 nurses, collected October 21st, 2015.

Nursing Careers

  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

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

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

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

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

    • Average Salary:
      $85,522
    • Focus:
      Advanced Practice, General Care
    • Minimum Degree Needed:
      MSN
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