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TRAVELER’S GUIDE TO NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH: Nurse Practitioner Ranked Best Job in Healthcare

This week’s edition of the Traveler’s Guide to Nursing and Allied Health reviews U.S. News & World Report’s 100 Best Jobs of 2023.

U.S. News & World Report released its 2023 “100 Best Jobs,” and nurse practitioner was ranked No. 1 among healthcare professionals and No. 2 overall. The annual ranking examined jobs with the largest number and percentage of expected openings from 2021-2031 based on Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. Entries were then scored on factors such as median salary, unemployment rate, stress, work-life balance, and job growth.

In total, 190 jobs were included, 56 in healthcare or healthcare-related fields. Despite the high level of stress associated with healthcare, three of the top five positions were in the field.  Software developer was the No. 1 ranked job overall.

 

100 Best Jobs
  1. Software Developer
  2. Nurse Practitioner
  3. Medical and Health Services Manager
  4. Physician Assistant
  5. Information Security Analyst

 

The BLS projects a 45.7 percent growth in nurse practitioner employment, with 112,700 job openings between 2021-2031. Nurse practitioners earn a median salary of $120,680. In addition to nurse practitioner, registered nurse, and nurse anesthetist made the overall top 25. Nurse anesthetist also made the highest-paying jobs in healthcare at $195,610 and registered nurse was ranked the fourth most stable career.

 

Best Healthcare-Related Jobs

  1. Nurse Practitioner
  2. Medical and Health Services Manager
  3. Physician Assistant
  4. Physical Therapist
  5. Dentist

 

Actively licensed registered nurses with a BSN degree can become nurse practitioners by completing an NP-focused graduate master’s or doctoral nursing program and successfully passing a national NP board certification exam. There are several specialties of nurse practitioners, including psychiatric, neonatal, acute, emergency, oncology, pediatric, family, adult-gerontology, orthopedic, aesthetic, and women’s health.

 

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