Nurse Practitioners: Top Cities for Employment and Earnings
For more than 40 years, Nurse Practitioners (NPs) have been providing preventive and acute health care services to patients of all ages. As our nation’s population continues to age and the need for affordable, quality health care services increases, the demand for advanced practice nurses continues to climb.
NPs are advanced practice nurses who hold graduate degrees and possess the multidimensional skillset necessary to perform up to 80 percent of primary and preventative care. NPs can diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication, depending on the laws of the state where they practice. In Merritt Hawkins’ 2013 annual review of health professional recruitment, NPs are number 11 on its list of the most highly recruited medical professionals.
Experts estimate that the United States is currently short more than 9,000 primary care physicians. According to the Association of Medical Colleges, by 2025, this number is expected to rise to 65,800. Research suggests that NPs may be able to help fill the gap and increase access to primary care — particularly in underserved areas.
If you’re interested in becoming an NP, take a look at the information we’ve aggregated related to the top cities for employment and earnings. The highest paying cities such as San Jose, Calif.; Texarkana, Texas; and Stockton, Calif. — as well as top paying states such as Alaska, Hawaii, and Oregon — may be great places to start or advance your career.