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Nursing Job Outlook

Outlook for Nursing Jobs and Careers

The nursing profession is expected to see some of the most aggressive job growth in the nation during the next several years, but this growth can have negative career consequences for existing nurses without a bachelor’s degree.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects overall employment among registered nurses to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average for all jobs. Job growth will vary based on the specific health care industry. Nurses in traditional public and private hospitals will see a still-robust 17 percent increase in hiring, while the BLS expects even greater growth at nursing care facilities and in the area of home health care1.

Despite their tenure and years of accumulated experience, nurses without a bachelor’s degree may risk being overlooked for advancement. At the same time, this explosive workforce growth will create the need for many more nurses with leadership and management skills. Many hospitals and health care centers already require a bachelor’s degree for leadership positions, and that trend will likely grow stronger as bachelor’s degrees become more common among direct-care nurses.

The online nursing degree from Saint Peter's will not only provide you with the credentials to keep pace with this rapidly expanding workforce, but the online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum is specifically built to provide working nurses with the management and leadership skills that can create opportunities for advancement.

To learn more about career opportunities for nurses with a bachelor’s degree from Saint Peter's, call an admissions advisor at (877) 497-5857 or request more information.


1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition,
 accessed 12/28/2010,

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