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Nursing Assistant, Aide or Orderly
(requires high school diploma and passing national certification exam)
1.56 million nursing assistants, aides & orderlies employed in US 11% growth in jobs (2016-2026)
$27,510 median annual pay

Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses
(requires certificate or diploma in state-approved educational program and passage of NCLEX-PN)
724,500 LPNs and licensed vocational nurses employed in US 12% growth in jobs (2016-2026)
$45,030 median annual salary

Registered Nurse
(requires bachelor of science in nursing degree and passing NCLEX-RN exam)
2.9 million registered nurses employed in US 15% growth in jobs (2016-2026)
$70,000 median annual salary

Advanced Practice Nurses (APRNs)
(requires master’s degree from an accredited program)
203,800 APRNs employed in US
31% growth in jobs (2016-2026)
$110,930 median annual pay

Above stats provided by US Bureau of Labor Statistics