According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook for careers in nursing is great. Growth is expected to be higher than average in this field for a variety of reasons. From technological advances to increased levels of retirements in the profession, everything is lining up to make this one of the fields that is going to be recession proof. Nursing schools are seeing an explosion in enrollment and not just from women. More men than ever are turning to nursing as a potential career path.
The medical profession has stereotypes and prejudices just like every other field. In medicine, men are perceived as being doctors and women as nurses. However, many men are beginning to see the benefits of nursing far outweigh their desire to avoid a traditionally feminine career.
Student loans are getting a lot of media attention lately because of how unfair they seem in today’s economy. Many are exempt from the same rules that apply to other debt, and people are finding it almost impossible to meet their student loan obligations in an almost non-existent job market. Men who are interested in medicine are beginning to realize that it costs less to become a nurse and still lets them be in their desired field. It is far easier to pay for a degree in nursing than a medical degree. It also takes less time which allows students to go from borrowing money to making money much more quickly.
Salary and Education
Speaking of salaries, do you know how much a nurse makes? A registered nurse makes between about $40,000 and $80,000 per year while a Family Medicine doctor makes about $140,000 a year. It only takes about four years to become a registered nurse, or even less for motivated students. How does that compare to becoming a doctor? It takes about 11 years to be able to complete the necessary medical training.
Not only is the salary great and the educational cost reasonable, the job security is fantastic. The phrase “job security” is typically used to indicate how stable and safe a job position is once it is obtained. Let’s expand that a bit to also include how easy it is to get a job where you want it. As a nurse, you will be able to find a job in virtually any area of the country. This is great for people who love to travel or want to explore the country before choosing a permanent location. It also means if you don’t like your work environment it should be relatively easy to find a new position elsewhere.
Are you a male nurse? Was it the lower cost of education, the appealing salary, or the job security that made you want to go into the field of nursing? Have you faced any prejudices as a male nurse?