Nursing Most In-Demand Job in 2015
Many people choose to become nurses because they want to help others. Nurses can provide patients with both medical care and comfort when they need it most. However, choosing to become a nurse is far from a sentimental career move. In fact, as unemployment drops to its lowest levels in years and health care needs are expected to grow, there may not be a better career out there.
According to job-posting website Indeed, nursing is the No. 1 most in-demand job so far in 2015. Using data collected from January, a traditionally popular time for employers to post new jobs, Indeed ranked the most in-demand jobs. The top spot went to nursing with 5 of the top 25 related to health care.
Other positions in the top 10 included truck drivers, customer service personnel, and managers. Some of these positions are only in demand because large companies are expanding and many pay poorly. However, nursing ranks high in employee satisfaction and compensation, and is a system-wide need not just for one individual company where hiring will dry up after positions are filled.
When reporting on the Indeed data, Forbes magazine explained that “it’s pretty easy to get a new gig” for nurses.
Is nursing really in demand?
While nursing may not always be the No. 1 most in-demand job in the U.S., it has ranked among the highest in the country in the recent past. However, some criticize this notion saying that it isn’t as easy to get a job in nursing as you’d expect. The truth is that it depends on your location and your degree, according to Boston.com.
Looking at the Indeed information, the Boston.com article explained that it isn’t necessarily as easy for people in the Massachusetts capital to get a job in nursing because the market is saturated due the number of working nurses and students in the area. With a steady influx of new students and a lower number of those retired, it can be difficult to get a job in Boston or other similar cities, the new source explained.
Nursing students may have more luck traveling to other parts of the U.S., including suburbs and outside major cities. Associate professor at the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College, Judith Shindul-Rothschild, told the news website that the type of degree a nursing candidate has also matters.
“Nurses with a baccalaureate degree have an easier chance,” Shindul-Rothschild explained. “Nurses in the south and central [United States] have the easiest chance and nurses who have Associates or are looking in the west and northeast [United States] will have the most difficult time.”
What a Master of Science in Nursing can do for you
The number of nurses is expected to increase significantly in the next 10 years as is the demand for qualified health care providers. As Indeed showed, there’s no shortage of nursing jobs expected for the near future, however if you want to get the most competitive nursing jobs at major hospitals or in large cities, a graduate degree may be key.
A Master of Science in Nursing won’t just help you stick out of a stack of resumes, but it can offer benefits to your career in a number of other ways. A master’s degree can allow a registered nurse to focus on a specific concentration whether that means caring for a certain type of patient – like mothers – or learning about health care technology and helping a practice optimize their electronic health record system.
Master’s level nurses are also compensated more, learn more about nursing, are eligible for different professional organizations and on track to go even higher, becoming a nurse practitioner or nursing teacher