Registered Nurses

Registered nurses (RNs) help individuals, families, and groups to improve and maintain health and to prevent disease. They care for the sick and injured in hospitals and other health care facilities, physicians' offices, private homes, public health agencies, schools, camps, and industry. Some registered nurses are employed in private practice. RNs hold more than 2.6 million jobs in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) General Duty Nurses, Maternity Nurses, Neonatal Nurses, Occupational Health Nurses, Office Nurses, Private Duty Nurses, Public Health Nurses, School Nurses, Surgical Nurses
Duties Provide care for the sick and injured; assist physicians; administer health care and information in a variety of settings
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities available in major metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Internships and clinical rotations
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Scientific
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Nurse Manager or Professor
  • Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Registered Nurse
  • Nurse Assistant

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