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
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.