Opportunities for those with nursing degrees continue to grow

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November 15th, 2010

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that the healthcare industry will generate 3.2 million new wage and salary positions by 2018 – positive news for individuals who are interested in nursing programs.

New Mexico’s Las Cruces Sun-News backs up this claim, and reports that while the nation’s unemployment rate remains at 9.6 percent, the healthcare industry is thriving in the Las Cruces area.

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) found that in September, health services jobs in the Las Cruces area saw a gain of 300 jobs, and 3,300 positions statewide.

Richard Wagner, area director for NMDWS office in Las Cruces has seen an increased interest in hiring for employers such as hospitals and those in the home-care industry.

A survey conducted by CareerBuilder.com found that 2010 will be viewed as a year of growth for healthcare employment.

According to Jason Ferrara, vice president of corporate marketing for CareerBuilder.com, 40 percent of healthcare employers surveyed have “open positions for which they can’t find qualified candidates.”

The BLS states that employment of registered nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent through 2018, and these professionals typically earn between $47,700 and $69,800 annually. 

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