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Last Reviewed: April 13th, 2023
Nationally nurse practitioners, a type of advanced practice nurse, are expected to grow 28.2% from 2018 to 2028. Most likely within your state the number of nurse practitioners is also expected to grow at a much faster pace than most careers out there.
Coupled with high professional salaries, $118,040 (Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2021), becoming a nurse practitioner is a solid career choice as a first career option or a mid-career move. Even in high-cost-of-living areas, nurse practitioners are able to live comfortable lives, afford expensive vacations, provide for families and costs of education, and contribute to retirement at a healthy rate.
Nurse practitioners are trained to meet the needs of the majority of patient healthcare needs in the United States. They are charged with providing a unique blend of nursing and more autonomous medical services to individuals and groups.
Some of their core services:
A master’s degree or higher is required in all states to become a licensed nurse practitioner.
Each state has slightly different requirements and all have their own licensing boards to apply through. Select the state you wish to earn you NP license through for step by step instructions:
Nurse practitioners will normally specialize in a specific population foci. Explore the links below to learn more about the standard population foci options for nurse practitioners.