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Professional Nursing - Job Outlook

Job Outlook

Campus: MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute
Director of Professional Nursing: Evelyn Claiborne

Program Coordinator: Robin Bellamy
For program information please call 816.604.4175

Nursing is the largest healthcare occupation, and is one of the top 10 occupations for growth according to the Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook. Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow much faster than the average, 23 percent from 2006 to 2016.

Growth will be driven by technological advances in patient care, which permit a greater number of health problems to be treated, and by an increasing emphasis on preventive care. In addition, the number of older people, who are much more likely than younger people to need nursing care, is projected to grow rapidly.


The median annual wage for registered nurses was $66,640 in May 2014. Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

What Registered Nurses Do

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Work Environment

Registered nurses work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, outpatient centers, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. Others work in correctional facilities or schools, or serve in the military.

(The above information can be found on the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Registered Nurses,
on the Internet at

Last Modified: 3/13/18