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Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons.

BSN is a Valuable Credential

Nurses graduating from bachelor’s and master’s nursing programs are much more likely to receive a job offer upon graduating than any other field, according to a November 2013 report from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

“Having credentials is immensely helpful,” says Nancy Brook, MSN, RN, NP, at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. “A bachelor’s degree at the minimum is not only helpful when applying for a position, but hospitals that carry the Magnet® certification will not hire nurses without this degree.”

According to the AACN study, 59 percent of bachelor’s of science in nursing graduates had job offers at the time of graduation, compared to 29.3 percent of all professions across the nation. Four to six months after graduation, 89 percent of BSN graduates had found a nursing job.

In addition, 67 percent of nurses who graduated from an entry-level master’s program found a job at the time of graduation, and a whopping 90 percent had found a nursing job four to six months after graduation.

What the Data Shows

Bureau of Labor Statistics says demand for registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent between 2010 and 2020, which is a faster-than-average rate of growth for a job in the United States. An aging population and advancements in medical care are the main reasons behind this expected level of growth in nursing.

Additional Skills Offer an Edge

Nurses with broader skills will continue to be in demand as well. For example, Jeremy Enck, vice president of sales at Fortus Healthcare Resources, says he’s seen a trend toward more organizations looking for nurses who speak more than one language.

“Any language,” can be useful, he says. “If you’re flexible on location and put the time to into getting a bachelor’s degree in nursing and have the ability to pick up an extra language, you will be extremely valuable in the nursing market.”

Fast Facts for Registered Nurses in Florida

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 163,950 registered nurses were employed in Florida in 2014. The following regions employed the bulk of these workers that year:

• Fort Lauderdale - Pompano Beach - Deerfield: 14,420
• Miami - Miami Beach - Kendall: 26,340
• Gainesville: 5,610
• Orlando - Kissimmee - Sanford: 19,050
• Jacksonville: 13,890
• Tampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater: 25,180
• Cape Coral - Fort Myers: 4,800
• Lakeland - Winter Haven: 4,380
• Palm Bay - Melbourne - Titusville: 4,090
• Deltona - Daytona Beach - Ormond Beach: 4,060
• Pensacola - Ferry Pass - Brent: 4,040

Although employment is already high for registered nurses in Florida, more jobs may be on the way. According to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor's Projections Central, job openings for registered nurses in Florida are expected to surge 22.6 percent from 2012 to 2022.
As the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes, registered nurses in Florida earned an annual mean wage of $62,720 in 2014, which works out to $30.15 per hour. That's slightly less than the national annual mean wage for this profession in 2014, which was $69,790. Nationally, the following industries paid the highest salaries for registered nurses in 2014:

• Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers: $84,200
• Insurance ad Employee Benefit Funds: $82,030
• Federal Executive Branch: $80,510
• Management of Companies and Enterprises: $76,090
• Oil and Gas Extraction: $75,590
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