Nurse Practitioners

Occupation Group: Therapeutic Services
Median Pay & Employment Trends

Median Pay

$44.55 hourly

$92,670 annual


110,000 employees

Projected Growth

Much faster than average (22% or higher)

Projected Job Openings


Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


Jobs in zone 5 require the most preparation. You will likely need to attend graduate school and obtain an advanced degree such as a master’s degree, doctorate degree, medical degree (M.D), or law degree (J.D).


You will need to have an extensive range of skills, knowledge, and experience in order to be successful in these positions. Many of these jobs will require more than five years of experience, although this is sometimes included in your advanced degree program. For example, anesthesiologists will need to complete eight years of school, and then complete a residency to learn specialized training.

On-the-job Training

For some of these careers you will likely need some sort of on-the-job-training, but this will not erase the need for certain skills, knowledge, and training to have already been acquired.


This group of careers will usually involve training, coordinating, supervising, or managing others in order to get the job done. You will need to have advanced organizational and communication skills. Some examples include biologists, dentists, psychologists, neurologists, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, radiologists, and zoologists.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics & O*NET Online

"Projected growth" represents the estimated increase in total employment over the projection period (2012-2022).

"Projected job openings" represents predicted openings due to growth and replacement.

The "job zone" indicates the amount of preparation needed to get started in that specific career. The higher the job zone number, the more preparation you will need to begin that career. Experience, education, and on-the-job training are factored into job zone rankings.