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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 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

  • CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (CNA)

    • AVERAGE SALARY:
      $25,710
    • FOCUS:
      General Care
    • MINIMUM DEGREE NEEDED:
      Diploma or certificate
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  • CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST (CNS)

    • AVERAGE SALARY:
      $81,305
    • FOCUS:
      Advanced Practice, General Care
    • MINIMUM DEGREE NEEDED:
      MSN
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  • FLIGHT NURSE

    • AVERAGE SALARY:
      $61,752
    • FOCUS:
      Emergency Medicine
    • MINIMUM DEGREE NEEDED:
      BSN
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  • LABOR AND DELIVERY NURSE

    • AVERAGE SALARY:
      $56,858
    • FOCUS:
      Emergency Medicine, General Care, Surgery
    • MINIMUM DEGREE NEEDED:
      ADN, BSN recommended
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  • LPN/LVN

    • AVERAGE SALARY:
      $44,030
    • FOCUS:
      General Care
    • MINIMUM DEGREE NEEDED:
      Diploma, certificate, or ADN
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  • NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE NURSE

    • AVERAGE SALARY:
      $61,208
    • FOCUS:
      Newborns
    • MINIMUM DEGREE NEEDED:
      ADN; BSN recommended
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  • 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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  • NURSE EDUCATOR

    • AVERAGE SALARY:
      $73,150
    • FOCUS:
      Education
    • MINIMUM DEGREE NEEDED:
      BSN, but MSN recommended for more career opportunities
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  • NURSE PRACTITIONER

    • AVERAGE SALARY:
      $85,522
    • FOCUS:
      Advanced Practice, General Care
    • MINIMUM DEGREE NEEDED:
      MSN
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  • OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY NURSE (OB GYN)

    • AVERAGE SALARY:
      $60,000
    • FOCUS:
      Advanced Practice
    • MINIMUM DEGREE NEEDED:
      BSN
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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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  • 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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  • 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

Content shared from Nursing.org's website. 

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