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Career Preparation

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The median income for registered nurses is $69,490 per year.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Nurse practitioner is ranked #14 in the 25 best-paying jobs in the U.S.


Registered nurse is ranked #8 in growth potential.

USA Today


Nurse practitioner is ranked #2 in best jobs.

U.S. News & World Report

Registered nurse is ranked #22 in best jobs.

U.S. News & World Report


In addition to clinicals, nursing students are able to gain additional hospital experience by participating in nurse externship programs and patient care technician (PCT) job opportunities. Nurse externships are 10-12-week summer programs offered by some hospitals to provide direct patient care experience and extra patient education classes. You must have completed two semesters of clinical and be returning in the fall as a senior to be eligible. Patient care technician opportunities are PRN positions offered year-round by all area hospitals. You’ll gain unit-based experience while providing direct patient care. You are eligible for PCT jobs after completing one semester of clinical.

Schedule a one-on-one meeting with your career consultant, who will help you find and prepare for a rewarding career in your chosen field. Whether you’re applying to graduate school or preparing for a job interview, your career counselor can help.

Take advantage of everything career services has to offer:

  • Assessments and Self-Discovery Tools
  • Resume/Cover Letter Development
  • Employment and Internship Search Strategies
  • Interview Preparation
  • Graduate School Preparation
  • Professional Development

Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Jarvis 1st Floor
Tuesday, Thursday – Bass 2119


Kathryn Bishop
Career Consultant to Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences


Center for Career & Professional Development