If you’re entering the nursing job market or looking to make a career change this year, you probably want to figure out the hot jobs.
Although the average salary for registered nurses was $75,330 a year, according to the latest data by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, some specialties pay well over that. Finding one of these jobs has never been easier since employers are anxious to get these spots filled.
We’ve compiled a list of the most sought-after nursing jobs of 2022, plus their average salaries, to give you a start in finding your dream nursing career.
#1: Certified Register Nurse Anesthetist ($197,976)
Each year, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (or CRNAs) rank as the highest paying and most sought-after job. These nurses work closely with the medical staff for procedures that need anesthesia. They prepare patients for procedures and work alongside dentists, surgeons, and anesthesiologists.
Because of the amount of skill and training it takes to be a CRNA, it is one of the most lucrative nursing positions available. Although the national average salary is $197,976, some areas pay over $228,737.
Prepare to start studying if you want to be a CRNA. It requires an accredited nurse anesthesia educational program and passing the National Certification Examination. A Doctoral Degree in Nursing is not a requirement yet, but the Council on Accreditation announced it will be by 2025. If you decide you want to be a CRNA, plan on getting your doctorate now.
#2: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner ($144,438)
Some babies are born with special needs, and neonatal nurses have the highly rewarding job of caring for them. Neonatal nurses care for newborn babies up until they are 28 days old. They care for premature and sick babies by administering medication, oxygen and performing some NICU procedures.
Being placed in the neonatal unit only requires an RN, but a neonatal nurse practitioner certification can be helpful to advance.
#3: Certified Nurse Midwife ($115,043)
Nurse midwives have a chance to create a bond with their patients during one of the most memorable and transformational times in their lives. They provide critical care for patients during pregnancy, labor, and birth.
Midwifery is not exclusive to women, either. Men are increasingly exploring midwifery careers as well.
Becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife requires a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and completing a program approved by the Accreditation for Midwifery Education (ACME).
#4: General Nurse Practitioner ($114,708)
A general nurse practitioner offers flexibility to work in a number of primary care settings or an independent practice. Plus, general NPs can choose to specialize in a field along the way to advance their skills and earning potential.
Becoming an NP requires a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at minimum. It also requires earning Nurse Practitioner licensure, depending on your state.
#5: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner ($111,210)
For those interested in mental health, psychiatric nurse practitioners offer a lucrative opportunity to counsel patients about their mental health disorders and assist psychiatric medical physicians. The role enables nurses to help patients with a number of mental health disorders and substance abuse issues.
As mental health loses much of its stigma and gains national attention, there is an increased demand for adolescent and child psychiatric services as well.
The role requires a minimum degree of Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and specific Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensure depending on state regulations where you plan to work.
Find the Right Nursing Career for You
Nursing is a flexible and exciting field with a number of options. Plus, the hot job market makes it easier than ever to find a job that you love.
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