Job Market for RNs
The health care field is generally one of the most stable job markets available because regardless of other economic concerns people will still continue to get sick and will continue to need care for their illnesses. Even with that in mind, the job market for registered nurses is still a tough and competitive place to be with thousands of new nursing students entering the job market each year. The general job market for registered nurses is better than most fields and is still going to be a sought after position for many people.
There is conflicting reports coming down the wires concerning the job market for RNs. There are many reports that there will be a nursing shortage in the future because of fewer interested students who want to pursue nursing. On the other hand, there are many nurses who are delaying retirement because of the economic conditions or they are trying to get back into a nursing position after retiring. Overall, the expected job market for register nurses is expected to be better than average in the coming years. This will vary of course by location, type of work sought and the setting for the work.
Registered nurse employment is expected to grow much faster than other positions. By 2018, the job market for registered nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent over other job fields. It is estimated that 581,000 new registered nurse positions will be formed in the near future because of the large need for nurses. There were 2,618,700 registered nurses in the United States in 2008 and there is expected to be 3,200,200 by 2018. In addition to new positions, there will be hundreds of positions that will need to be filled because of retirement and other nurses who leave the field for other job opportunities. The amount of the growth will also be determined on where the nurse will be working. Physicians' offices will see the highest growth in the employment of registered nurses followed by home health care, nursing facilities, employment services and then hospitals, both public and private.
The need for registered nurses will be spurred by several factors. The first is the aging population. As the thousands of Baby Boomers grow older there will be a need for more health care workers to care for them. The technological changes that allow more people to be treated in a faster time will also drive the need for more registered nurses.