Industry Statistics

Considering attending a nursing college? Check out the following nursing industry statistics.

masters in nursing statsBefore committing to a career field or selecting a major at a nursing college, it’s a good idea to look at industry statistics including salary range, job growth and trends in the industry. Frequently you will find that one area of specialization will result in a higher salary base or that there are more jobs available in a specific sector of the industry.

  • Between 2008 to 2018, employment of RNs is expected to grow by 20% with 581,500 new jobs created, which makes nursing one of the fastest growing careers in the United States. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • As of 2008, 48% of RNs worked in physicians’ offices, 33% in home health care, 25% in nursing care facilities, 24% in employment services and 17% in hospitals. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • In 2008, RNs accounted for 15.3% of all healthcare workers in the United States with over 2.6 million RNs employed nationwide. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Nursing students account for over half of all students in health profession programs. (American Association of Colleges of Nursing)
  • The highest number of nursing jobs in 2008 were in California with over 240,000 RNs employed in the state. California also boasted the highest paying RN positions; the annual mean wage of RNs in the state was $87,480. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • In 2009, CNN Money ranked nurse practitioner fourth on its list of the 50 best jobs in America. (
  • In 2009, the median salary of an experienced nurse practitioner was $85,200. (
  • In 2010, there were approximately 106,000 practicing nurse practitioners in the United States. (Agency for Healthcare Research)
  • In 2010, 52% of practicing nurse practitioners in the United States in worked in primary care. (Agency for Healthcare Research)
  • As of 2007, there was a vacancy rate of 8.1% in RN positions nationwide. (American Association of Colleges of Nursing)