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Significant Information: Registered Nurses




  • Registered nurses constitute the largest health care occupation, with 2.4 million jobs.
  • About 3 out of 5 jobs are in hospitals.
  • The three major educational paths to registered nursing are a bachelorís degree, an associate degree, and a diploma from an approved nursing program.
  • Registered nurses are projected to create the second largest number of new jobs among all occupations; job opportunities in most specialties and employment settings are expected to be excellent, with some employers reporting difficulty in attracting and retaining enough RNs.