A Nurse Practitioner

A Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse (RN) with advanced education and clinical training who can provide a wide range of healthcare services, including the diagnosis and management of common as well as complex medical conditions.

Wages: earns about 104,320 per year

Employment: medium-sized occupation

10 year growth: much faster than average

Annual openings: moderate

A nurse practitioner typically needs to:

  • have a high school diploma or GED
  • have a bachelor's degree in nursing
  • graduate from a nurse practitioner degree program
  • be licensed as a registered nurse
  • be certified as a nurse practitioner

Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, nurse practitioners:

  • Have a high level of social interaction. They constantly talk to patients, doctors, nurses, and other medical staff.
  • Are exposed to diseases and infections on a daily basis.
  • Must be very exact and accurate when performing the job. Patient health depends on their ability to diagnose and treat.
  • Usually work more than 40 hours per week.

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