Registered Nurse

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A program that prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques, and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

    • Opportunity Rating: 81 out of 100
    • Students Completing in 2015: 231,312
    • Number of Schools Offering: 2,076
    • Average Salary: $71,044
    • Expected Job Growth by 2024: 16.1%
    • This page refers to the field of study at the following degree levels: Certificate, Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, and Doctorate.

Number of Students Completing

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Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Risen in the Last Five Years
Percent of students completing this major have risen 19.1% overall in the last five years, from 192.1 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 228.8 completions per 10k in 2015. Given the current trend, we would expect Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse to hit 237.6 completions per 10k.
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse hit an all-time high in 2015 with 228.8 completions per 10k and an all-time low in 2002 with 127.1 completions per 10k.
More broadly, percent of completions for all Health Professions and Related Programs majors has fallen 3.7% in the last five years, from 1,971.7 completions per 10k five years ago to 1,899.6 completions per 10k now.

Degree
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Registered Nurse Majors Received Their Bachelor’s Degree
Of the 231,312 students completing the major in 2015:

  • 54.2% received their Bachelor’s Degree (125,306 graduates)
  • 36.9% received their Associate’s Degree (85,249 graduates)
  • 6.6% received their Master’s Degree (15,354 graduates)

Number of Schools Offering

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Number of Schools Offering This Major Has Risen in the Last Five Years
The number of schools offering this major exhibits an overall upward linear trend, growing at a rate of about 29 schools every year. If this trend continues, we would expect the number of schools offering Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse to hit 2,105.
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse hit an all-time high in 2015 with 2076 schools and an all-time low in 1999 with 1413 schools.
Career
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Popularity Rank:3
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse is the 3rd most popular major, which is a high rank compared to all majors. This number takes into account the number of students completing and the number of schools offering the major. This major has:

  • Significantly more students completing the major than the average across all majors (231,312 vs. 389 graduates)
  • Significantly more schools offering the major than the average across all majors (2,076 vs. 36 schools)

Opportunity Rating 81
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse has an opportunity rating of 81 out of 100, which is above average compared to all majors. This number takes into account average salary and 10-year job growth for common careers. This major has:

  • About the same salary as the average across all majors ($71,044 vs. $71,835)
  • Considerably higher expected job growth than the average across all majors (16.1% vs. 7.0%)]

Salary
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OccupationCurrent EmploymentAnnual Mean WageExpected Job Growth by 2024
Nursing Instructor68,0000$ 73,15019.3%
Registered Nurse2.71 Million$ 71,00016%

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Demographics
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Considerably Higher Percentage of Women
In 2015, there were 231,312 students completing Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse majors. Of that total, 201,131 were female and 30,181 were men (87% female and 13% male).
This is:

  • Consistent with the trend for all Health Professions and Related Programs majors
  • 82% female and 18% male
  • Inconsistent with the trend for all majors
  • 59% female and 41% male

Race
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Students Completing This Major are Predominately White
Nationally, more White students are completing this major than any other ethnicity (64.6%). This trend is:
Consistent with all Health Professions and Related Programs majors

  • 64.6% White Students
  • Consistent with all majors
  • 57.6% White Students

 



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