Careers in healthcare have been looking particularly bright over the past few years with high job satisfaction, exceptional salaries, and a strong job market.
One of the careers that truly stands out is nurse practitioner.
Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are primary care providers that have gone through extensive training. Much like a physician, an NPs education and preparation allows them to view patient medical histories, perform physicals, order labs and analyze results, prescribe medication, authorize treatment, deliver primary care services, and much more.
As per the U.S. News and World Report of Best Job Rankings of 2018, nurse practitioners ranked number 4 among the top 100 list of jobs. Nurse practitioners also ranked number 3 on the list of top healthcare jobs, right behind dentists and physician assistants.
Our team at NP PA Recruiters is ecstatic to hear this fantastic news because we know just how lucrative and fulfilling this career can be.
Salary and Job Outlook for Nurse Practitioners
The estimated salary range for NPs in 2017 was:
Median Salary: $100,910
75th percentile: $120,450
25th percentile: $86,970
In addition to competitive salaries, overall job satisfaction was exceedingly high. Salary, employment rate, 10-year growth volume and percentage, job prospects, and the ability to balance work-life were all taken into account when ranking these 100 jobs.
Education and Range of Practice
Nurse practitioners must acquire a four-year undergraduate degree and must pass the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) before completing a 2 to 4 program. Additional certifications are required to practice in a specific field and candidates must also obtain a state-required license.
Nurse practitioners are able to specialize in a broad range of fields and can work with children all the way up to the elderly. For many individuals, this ability to serve varying populations is what makes the career of a nurse practitioner so desirable.
A Career in Constant Demand
The American Academy of Family Physicians has estimated that the United States will be short up to 90,000 physicians, collectively, in primary and non-primary care by 2025.
As physician training can take substantial amounts of time, there is concern that this lack of primary care physicians will have a detrimental effect on the health of the nation. However, there is hope that nurse practitioners and physician assistants will be able to fill in this national demand.
With the training and education both sets of medical professionals receive, they are capable of performing and providing many of the same services as physicians. In fact, PAs and NPs are quickly obtaining a level of autonomy throughout the 50 states that will allow them to deliver quality care without the oversight of managing physician.
NP PA Recruiters seek to place qualified and passionate nurse practitioners and physician assistants into meaningful careers all throughout the nation. For more information, contact us today at 214-351-3880 to find the job of your dreams.