Jobs for Registered Nurses will grow by 19%, Texas leading the pack!

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    Well this story at least made me more cheerful! This article says that the job market for “healthcare practitioners and technical occupations” will grow by 21.5% between 2012 and 2022, and the job market for RNs by 19.4%. That’s almost twice the growth rate for the whole U.S. employment market. They say that there might be 285,000 unfilled RN positions by 2020.

    Go West, Young Nurse?

    Of all the occupations and industries, those related to health care are projected to add the most new jobs between 2012 and 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics declared just over a year ago. While total employment in the country is projected to increase by 10.8%, employment in the health care and social assistance sector is set to grow by 29.4%, accounting for almost a third of the total projected increase in jobs.

    The government’s “national employment matrix” distinguishes between two main categories, “healthcare practitioners and technical occupations”, which will grow by 21.5%, and “healthcare support occupations”, which will increase by 28.1%. Of all the major occupational groups, those are the two with the highest growth rates! Of the 30 individual occupations with the largest projected growth rates, no fewer than 14 are related to health care.

    The growth in jobs specifically for Registered Nurses is a little less heady but still set at a healthy 19.4%. The economic recession dented the demand for nurses somewhat, but nurses will be among the first to benefit from the economic recovery, because that projected growth rate is almost twice that of employment overall. Such projections have led to prediction of as much as 285,000 unfilled RN positions by 2020.

    That sounds good, maybe if they need us that badly, maybe they’ll also do something about our working conditions! Only thing I’m worried about is the effect of having so many new, inexperienced nurses in the hospitals…

    But I am kind of proud that Texas is the place to be!

    Texas, near the top of the lists whether you look at total job openings or growth rate, stands out as a land of opportunity. (Even its First Lady is a former nurse!) Florida and North Carolina feature in both lists too. Otherwise the list of states with the highest growth rates is heavy on states in the Mountain West. Utah, Idaho, Colorado, and Montana are all there. So is Arizona. Go West, young RN!

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