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Within the career field of nursing how difficult is it to advance? how long does it usually take to advance in this career field?

I would like to know this because it would pertain to the payment, and responsibility.

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Hi Lucas,


There are many ways that you can advance in nursing. Some require additional education that would depend on when you get your masters degree or a Nurse Practitioner status (this will increase payment and salary). Nursing is a "hot" field to go into right now, as in the next 10 years, the field is expected to increase by 24% (especially as baby boomers enter into retirement).


Here is some information on salary regarding nursing (from wisccareers.wisc.edu)...


An individual employee's position within this salary range is affected by the following factors:
the business size, type, and location
the employee's education and experience


Nationally, a nurse just entering the field will make an average of


Entry Massachusetts: $53,370 or $25.66/hr Nationally: $45,040 $21.65
Median Massachusetts: $79,520 or $38.23/hr Nationally: $65,470 $31.48
Experienced Massachusetts: $124,860 or $60.03/hr Nationally: $94,720 $45.54


Most employers offer standard fringe benefits such as paid vacation and sick leave, health insurance, and retirement plans.

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