Nursing employment outlook
The employment outlook for nurses is excellent. According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of nurses is projected to grow 22% between 2006 to 2016, much faster than the average for all other occupations.
Why get a BSN degree?
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that at least 80% of nurses hold at least a BSN (currently, only 35% of nurses have a BSN degree or higher). In today’s healthcare environment, the BSN is the most desired nursing credential, with a median salary of $68,160. A bachelor’s degree in nursing will enable you to work as a nurse in any healthcare setting, and it is the recommended initial degree if your goal is to be a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, nurse researcher or nurse educator.