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Median pay: $65,800 Top pay: $90,300 10-year job growth: 26.0% Total jobs*: 2,737,400
What they do all day?
Becoming an RN can be very stressful and entail long hours, but the work can be quite rewarding. In hospitals, nurses care for people who are sick or injured by administering shots, IVs and catheters, dispensing medications and performing other tasks. Nurses also work in doctors' offices where they help patients fight and prevent illnesses and disease by assessing their health and maintaining records.
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Benefit to society
Published: October 29, 2012
Notes: All pay data from PayScale.com. Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least five or seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2010-20, and based on people working in broader 'job family' from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
*Total jobs is estimated number of people working in broader BLS 'job family.'
Sources:PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research
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