Registered Nurses

Occupation Group: Therapeutic Services
Median Pay & Employment Trends

Median Pay

$31.84 hourly

$66,220 annual


2,712,000 employees

Projected Growth

Faster than average (15%..21%)

Projected Job Openings


Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


Careers in zone 3 will require an associates degree, related experience, and/or training in vocational schools.


A certain level of skills, knowledge, and prior work-related experience will be required for these careers. For example, a construction inspector will likely complete several years of vocational training or apprenticeship, and are sometimes required to pass a licensing exam.

On-the-job Training

Employees in these positions will usually need to have one or two years of training, which can be a combination of on-the-job experience and informal training. Recognized apprenticeship programs may also satisfy these requirements depending on the career.


In order to succeed in these careers, you will need to have communication and organization skills in order to manage, train, supervise, and coordinate others in order to accomplish goals. Some examples of these careers include critical care nurses, dancers, dental hygienists, embalmers, flight attendants, gaming managers, and machinists.

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.