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Nursing Schools

As a professor or instructor of nursing classes at one of the 1,937 accredited nursing schools in the country, you play a essential role in shaping the future of this growing field.


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Nursing professionals

4,800,380 4,864,830 4,989,000 5,055,120 5,150,780
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In 2010, 5,150,780 nursing professionals were working in the US. The number of nursing professionals has grown by 7% between 2006 and 2010.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%.

National Salary percentiles for Nursing professionals

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Nursing professionals in the US earned a median salary of $56,532 per year in 2010. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for nursing professionals in the US was 9% less than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Nursing

$50,184 $52,366 $54,290 $54,936 $56,532
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

There has been a 13% growth in nursing professionals' salaries from 2006 to 2010.

Educational Trends

National Nursing Student enrollment growth by degree

65,527 77,061 77,061 81,421 159,881
52,229 64,294 64,294 69,837 145,893
414 651 651 863 2,222
12,615 13,952 15,730 17,700 32,100
31,554 34,945 35,462 44,296 117,327
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Nursing
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Nursing
  • Grey: Certificate in Nursing

The career outlook for nursing professionals is showing a rapid change. And, on the educational front, the story is similar. In the US, 162,339 students graduated from nursing degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 457,423 students graduated from nursing schools.

Thus, in 4 years, there was a 182% growth in the number of nursing graduates. This growth in the number of students graduating from nursing courses is greater than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Nursing Programs offered Nationwide


The number of schools offering nursing programs has decreased. In the year 2006, there were 1874 nursing schools in the US. And in the year 2010, there were 1937 schools.

Nursing Faculty Salaries

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