Like any industry, there is a wide range of salaries for nursing professionals. Of course, much of this has to do with the specialization you choose for your career. Do you know what the highest paying nursing jobs are? Before you decide what to focus on with your school or career, here are some specialties that you should consider as you enter the job market.
Pediatric Endocrinology Nurse
With an average salary of over $81,000, this pediatric position is a good choice for someone who likes to work with children. As an endocrinology specialist, you’ll work with kids who have conditions such as juvenile diabetes. You’ll need to take blood and work with your young patients and their families on the ways to manage their condition at home.
Certified Nurse Midwife
If you prefer kids just a little younger, consider working with babies. A certified nurse midwife does a lot more than just help with labor. They are there as support for the mother and her family. This position can make an average of about $85,000 annually and requires a bachelor’s degree. You’ll also spend time supporting women throughout the years when they are most likely to become mothers.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
At $95,000 per year, this psychiatric position is attractive to many people. However, it is important that you feel a real calling to work in this specialization as it can be stressful. You will work with patients who are facing a number of different mental health problems and, as a nurse practitioner, you’ll be responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of their conditions.
If you prefer a behind the scenes approach without patient interaction, a research position may be a better fit. And these jobs pay well, sometimes around $95,000 annually. You will work in a lab and collect data that can really advance the science of medicine. So while you’re not directly involved with patient care, your work will be immensely rewarding and touch so many people.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
It is well known in the medical community that anesthesiology is a top-paying profession. And the specialization takes a lot of support as well which comes in the form of a CRN Anesthetist. This requires extensive education, but you will be there to monitor patients undergoing anesthesia and support them as they wake up. The salary range? Around $130,000.
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