Nurse Practitioner Career Opportunities

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Nurse Practitioners Career Outlook

Family nurse practitioners are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) educated to provide a full range of primary care services and are becoming a health care provider of choice for many people.  As clinicians with clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, APRNs will be increasingly utilized in collaborative models of care.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics* employment of nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives is projected to grow 45 percent before 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Several factors will contribute to this demand, including an increased emphasis on preventive care and demand for healthcare services from the aging population.

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Nurse Practitioner Career Information

National

Median Annual Salary
$117,670/year
45% growth increase thru 2029
Bachelor’s degree typically required

Local

Estimated Base Salary
Updated May 2021
$72,815/year
Highest paying cities for Nurse Practitioners in Kentucky:
Murray, KY
$109,917
Hurstbourne, KY
$100,000
Lexington, KY
$81,510
Bachelor typically required for entry-level positions

*National job opportunities data is based on national medians and figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook handbook.
*Local job opportunities data is based on estimated base pay and figures from Indeed.com.

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