Of all the career paths you can choose, becoming a nurse or working in the medical field is something that is very demanding but ultimately incredibly rewarding. While it is commonly known that many nurse positions are underpaid, there are quite a few positions that pay incredibly well. Of course, wages vary across different countries so we will observe the most common positions across the globe.
- Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
A psychiatric nurse practitioner specialises in issues dealing with mental health, usually working closely with psychiatric physicians. The average annual pay for this position around $90,000. To attain this position, you would require a master’s degree with a particular speciality in psychiatric nursing.
- Certified Nurse Midwife
Certified Nurse Midwives deal primarily with labour and childbirth, helping to deliver babies and all other forms of care involved in this process. As an annual salary, you should be expecting to earn around $100,000. To become a Certified Nurse Midwife, you will need a master’s degree with heavy attention to midwifery, also you will need to be certified through certain colleges like the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
- General Nurse Practitioner
General Nurse Practitioner’s deal with exactly what the job title says, general care. Being a General Nurse Practitioner gives you some freedom to specialise in certain areas and perhaps open up a practice revolving around that. Typically, General Nurse Practitioners can expect to earn around $100,000 with that number expected to increase in the near future. If you are wondering how to become a nurse practitioner, you will need a master’s degree in nursing as well as earning a Nurse Practitioner license.
- Certified Registered Nurse Anaesthetist
A Certified Registered Nurse Anaesthetist is one of the most highly skilled nursing positions there is. They deal with the preparation and administration of anaesthesia to patients and are associated with several other doctors and nurses like Surgeons and Dentists. The average annual pay for this position is around $130,000 which is also expected to rise soon. To secure this job position, you must have a master’s degree from an accredited nurse anaesthesia program and then you must pass a national certification examination.
As you can see, there are many opportunities within the medical field for nurses to secure well-paid positions as well as being positions of utmost importance. For information about the qualities of a great nurse, check out the following infographic from Day Webster.