For the second year in a row, Nurse Practitioners (NP) earned the title of Best Healthcare Job in America. The report is released annually by US News & World Report. In addition, Registered Nurses (RN) and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) also earned spots in the top 10. It’s an exciting time to be in the nursing profession. So how did Nurse Practitioners win the number one spot?
How does the US News & World Report rank jobs?
US News & World Report reviews and scores jobs across all sectors of the economy based on a variety of factors, including,
The US News & World Report team compiles information from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, expert interviews, and literature research to give each profession a score of 0 to 10. Nursing professions are featured on several of the published lists, including the overall Top 100 Jobs Best Healthcare Jobs , and Best STEM Jobs.
Nurse Practitioner: #1 Best Healthcare Job in America
A combination of high median salary and expected job market growth helped nurse practitioners clinch the number one spot. According to the report, the median Nurse Practitioner salary is just over $120,000. Nurse Practitioners work in every healthcare setting, and career opportunities are boundless. Its important to note that it does not differentiate between the different types of NPs.
Nurse practitioners didn’t just top the list of best healthcare jobs; they are #2 on the overall 100 Best Jobs list. Software developers took the number one overall spot. The median salaries are similar, but software developers rated better on stress levels and work-life balance.
Other Nursing Professionals in Top Healthcare Jobs
Nurse Practitioners aren’t the only nursing professionals featured in the Top 10 of the Best Healthcare Jobs list.
Coming in at Number 8, Registered Nurses have a median salary of $77,600. However, above-average stress levels and below-average flexibility ratings pushed Registered Nursing below other top healthcare jobs.
CRNAs ranked as the 10th best healthcare job of 2023. While the salary is high with a median of $195,610, CRNAs experience higher levels of stress and lower levels of flexibility compared to other top jobs.
Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, and CRNAs made the top 10 best healthcare jobs list for 2023. Over the next decade, demand for nurses at all levels of education will continue to rise. Whatever your passion, Nurse.org has resources to help you create the career of your dreams.