The March 24 issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine lists Registered Nurse as one of 31 of the best careers for the future. This list was compiled based on job satisfaction, training difficulty, prestige, job market outlook, and pay. Others on the list include dentist, pharmacist, occupational therapist, editor, ghost writer, and investment banker. Each of the 31 professionals was given a ‘grade’ for job market outlook ranging from ‘A’ to ‘C.’ RN was given an ‘A.’ You can read the article at http://www.usnews.com/features/business/best-careers/best-careers-2008.html
The online article also refers to an article from last December which spotlighted the 12 “Ahead-of-the-Curve Careers.” In the healthcare category they specifically mention health coach, healthcare informatics specialist, and patient advocate – all great non-traditional opportunities for nurses.