Jobs forecast for new grads


The Good News
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics can’t say enough good things about the job outlook for nurses. The field is expected to grow faster than average when compared with other professions, and 581,500 new jobs are projected to become available in the field. This is the most for any profession, so things are certainly looking up. With the general aging of America’s population, many older, experienced nurses are expected to retire, leaving hundreds of thousands of jobs open across the country. However, the amount of nurses needed in the hospital isn’t expected to increase, and this is where some of the bad news starts creeping in. The area most likely to need nurses is doctor’s offices, with a 48 percent projected growth rate. Home healthcare services are expected to grow by 33 percent, and nursing care facilities can expect a 25 percent growth in employment. Hospitals will only account for 17 percent of job growth.

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Lynda Lampert
Lynda Lampert is a registered nurse and a certified third shift worker. She has worked with many different patient populations, including post-op open heart, post-op gastric bypass, active chest pain, congestive heart failure, poorly controlled diabetics and telemetry 'wonders'. She now focuses all of her effort on educating the populace -- both the nursing world and the normal folk -- through her web writing. She hopes one day to publish another romance novel, travel to England and become a web rock star. She feels she is on her way . . . mostly. You can learn more about Lynda and her work at

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