Career Profile

Nurse Practitioners

Education Master's degree
This is the typical education required for an entry-level position.
Earnings $112,200
This is the typical median salary earned for an entry-level position.

Nurse Practitioners may diagnose and treat illness, focus on preventative care, or work with diagnostic testing independently or as part of a healthcare team.

General Information

Diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. May focus on health promotion and disease prevention. May order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x rays. May prescribe medication. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.

Nurse Practitioners

Occupational Outlook

For the Rural Capital Area


Job Opportunities

Over the next five years, an average of 52 openings per year are projected for Nurse Practitioners.


Employment Change

Employment for Nurse Practitioners is forecasted to increase significantly more than the regional average by 37.2% between 2022 and 2027.


Earnings Potential

An average worker in this occupation is paid $53.95/hour. Entry level workers are paid $41.58, while experienced workers are paid $60.13. The median wage is significantly above average regional wages across occupations.

Local Employment Opportunities

There are 365 Nurse Practitioners in the RCA region. By 2027 this number could reach 501.

Top 5 Employing Industries, Locally

The top industries employing Nurse Practitioners are Offices of Physicians, General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, and Outpatient Care Centers.

Knowledge Areas

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

Educational Attainment Patterns

The most common level of education for Nurse Practitioners is Postgraduate degree. 99% of people employed in these roles have some form of college degree.

Sources: BLS   JobsEQ®   ONET