Career Profile

Registered Nurses

Education Bachelor's degree
This is the typical education required for an entry-level position.
Earnings $74,900
This is the typical median salary earned for an entry-level position.

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care and educate patients and the public about various health conditions.

General Information

Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.

Training Funds Available

This is a Rural Capital Area Target Occupation.
Training and education opportunities are available with eligible providers throughout the state.

Registered Nurses

Occupational Outlook

For the Rural Capital Area


Job Opportunities

Over the next five years, an average of 363 openings per year are projected for Registered Nurses.


Employment Change

Employment for Registered Nurses is forecasted to increase on par with the regional average by 16.9% between 2022 and 2027.


Earnings Potential

An average worker in this occupation is paid $36.03/hour. Entry level workers are paid $28.11, while experienced workers are paid $39.98. The median wage is significantly above average regional wages across occupations.

Local Employment Opportunities

There are 3,893 Registered Nurses in the RCA region. By 2027 this number could reach 4,552.

Top 5 Employing Industries, Locally

The top industries employing Registered Nurses are General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities), and Home Health Care Services.

Knowledge Areas

The top most significant knowledge categories for Registered Nurses include Medicine and Dentistry, Customer and Personal Service, and Psychology.

Educational Attainment Patterns

The most common level of education for Registered Nurses is Bachelor's. 95% of people employed in these roles have some form of college degree.

Sources: BLS   JobsEQ®   ONET