Trained nurses have the skills to work in a wide variety of settings, from labor and delivery to end-of-life care. This versatility has contributed to the marketability of nurses in changing economic climates and into the present. According to the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of nursing jobs available is likely to grow 19 percent between 2012 and 2022. Authorities expect this growth to generate more than 526,000 jobs, a greater increase than the national average across industries.
Citing these statistics as well as an unemployment rate of only 2 percent, US News and World Report has placed nursing ninth on its list of Best Jobs. The field offers not only a relatively high level of security but also the versatility to choose a particular population or medical specialty in which to work. Experts also report an increase in the types of jobs available to nurses in recent years, as prevention has become a proactive goal of many schools, workplaces, and communities.