According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals 25 and older with a master’s degree earned approximately $10,000 more a year than their counterparts with a bachelor’s degree. The nursing profession is expected to grow by 31% by 2024, leading to the creation of more than 50,000 jobs.
Family Nurse Practitioners work in a variety of environments, including:
- Primary care settings
- Ambulatory care centers
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing report that nurse practitioners earn average salaries of $97,000-$100, 000. The National Governor’s Association notes that by 2019, the demand for primary care in the United States will increase by between 15 million and 25 million visits per year.
This creates a need for 4,000-7,000 more physicians which if unfulfilled will leave more than 32.5 million people without suitable primary care resources. To meet the primary care demand, nurse practitioners will be pivotal in filling the need for primary care services.
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