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Report: Registered nursing the top job for 2012

Tuesday February 28, 2012
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Registered nursing is the best job to have today based on factors such as compensation and satisfaction, according to U.S. News and World Report's rankings of the top jobs for 2012.

Following registered nursing in the top 10 were software developer, pharmacist, medical assistant, database administrator, web developer, computer systems analyst, physical therapist, computer programmer and occupational therapist.

The report cited "solid employment growth and a wide range of job prospects" as key considerations in the top ranking. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected employment growth of 26% among RNs between 2010 and 2020, resulting in 711,900 additional positions.

The median salary for RNs was $64,690 in 2010, with salaries typically ranging from $44,190 to $95,130. Personal care nurses and those working for private-sector pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturers generally made the most.

Although nursing can be demanding physically and emotionally, the report noted, "the variety of career options open to nurses today make tailoring your work life to your own desired schedule much easier."

To read the report, visit http://bit.ly/xLckdT.

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