Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioner Examines Ear

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are one of four classifications of advanced practice nurses (APNs). APNs are registered nurses who have advanced training and education. This training enables them to carry out many of the responsibilities traditionally handled by physicians. Some nurse practitioners specialize in a certain field, such as pediatrics, oncology, critical care, or primary care. The most common specialty is a family nurse practitioner who usually serves community-based health clinics.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Advanced Practice Nurses, Family Nurse Practitioners, Gerontological Nurse Practitioners, Occupational Health Nurse Practitioners, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, School Nurse Practitioners, Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioners
Duties Diagnose and treat illness either independently or as part of a medical team; prescribe medication; order, oversee, and interpret diagnostic tests; promote healthy lifestyle choices and disease prevention
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
Experience Several years' experience as a registered nurse
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Social
  • Technical
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Excellent
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Nurse Administrator or Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Registered Nurse
  • Licensed Practical Nurse

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