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The workforce has changed tremendously since the 1980s. Certain jobs have declined while others have remained steady. One of those steady jobs is nursing. If you’re interested in working in the healthcare industry, then getting a career as a nurse would be a good choice.
Nursing remains one of the highest jobs in demand and it’s growing fast too! More and more students are going to obtain their Master of Science in Nursing online or at a traditional college campus. Since this profession is growing rapidly, it is a good idea to take the steps needed in order to become stable in this field. You can earn a great income in the health care industry. With this being the case, you’ll definitely want to jump into a career that offers a great salary, though it varies between sexes.
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The median salary for male and female nurses is:
•$1,168 for males
•$1,011 for females
Despite the larger pay for men, however, only 5.8% of nurses are men. Female still dominate this occupation at 94.2%. However, this is changing fast. There are currently 158,025 male nurses in the United States. Regardless of your gender, to be nurse requires 2-6 years of higher education; along with a certification. While nursing jobs can be found at a range of medical facilities (nursing homes, clinics, schools, etc.), 3 out of 5 of these jobs are in hospitals.
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The Future of Nursing
Although the future of nursing looks bright, there is a bit of darkness to it. There is expected to be between 703,000 new nursing jobs between now and 2014. This good news is overshadowed by the fact that despite this growth, at least 44 states and Washington D.C. are still expecting a nursing shortage by 2020. Overall, nursing can be a fulfilling career that allows you to help others. So, if you’re looking for a promising career, being a nurse is a great career choice for you.
Male vs. Female Nurses
Nursing is one of the highest demanded and fastest growing professions in the United States. Although the nursing industry is female-dominated, more and more men are joining the profession. So what’s the difference between the male and female nurses?
Male Nurses – Represent 5.8% of all nurses.
Female Nurses – 94.2% of all nurses.
Median Weekly Salary
Two to six years of higher education plus state certification
There are 158,025 male nurses and 2,566,545 female nurses working in the United States.
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70% of male nurses view stereotypes as their biggest challenge to becoming a nurse
More than 70% of female nurses are white
It is projected that between 2004 and 2014 there will be 703,000 new nursing jobs.
By the year 2020, 44 states and the District of Colobmia are projected to have nurse shortages.
Approximately 3 out of 5 nursing jobs are in hospitals.
Only 9.1% of all registered nurses are less than 30 years old.
63% of nurses are full-time.
50% of nurses have a baccalaureate degree or higher.