Nurses are in high demand now, and the number of nursing and healthcare jobs will only increase in the future as the population ages while at the same time tries to remain more active.
From 2014 to 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says demand for registered nurses will increase by 16 percent, “much faster than the average for all occupations”. By 2024, the BLS expects that there will be an additional 439,300 jobs for registered nurses.
As Baby Boomers age but still want to lead active lifestyles, they will need more care, which is part of the increased demand for nurses, but Obamacare also has meant millions of more Americans now have health insurance, which also is increasing demand for healthcare.
And the demand is not just for registered nurses but a range of nursing and healthcare roles, all of which are projected to be some of fastest growing professions by 2024, according to the BLS. This isn’t a blip so if you get a degree or training to be a registered nurse (RN) or a certified nurse assistant (CNA), you will find a range of opportunities.
Wisconsin is like the nation in general, but some of the issues driving the demand for additional RNs and CNAs are even more acute in the Badger State. As the country ages, so have its nurses, and in Wisconsin, a Public Policy Forum review in 2014 found that the “average age of an RN is 47 and roughly one-third are age 50 or older”.
And some communities in Wisconsin, like Sheboygan County, are seeing a dramatic economic recovery. The county has thousands of job openings including hundreds of healthcare positions, it’s a great place to start your nursing career or for experienced nurses and nurse assistants.
Sheboygan has a range of nursing jobs available including this full-time Certified Nurse Assistant position with St. Nick’s Hospital. Applicants need to be eligible to work as a nursing assistant, but no experience is required.
On average in the Sheboygan area, RNs earn $62,370 and CNAs earn $27,900.
If you’re interested in exploring healthcare career opportunities, the BLS has a great list of careers related to registered nurses, the median income you can expect to make and also the level of education required for those roles. It gives you a clear-eyed view of what it will take to get one of these roles and also what you can expect back from them.