Men are entering nursing at a remarkable rate, and are getting paid well to do it.
Survey data from 2011 indicated that men made up 330,000 of the 3.2 million employed nurses
While that may seem like a small part of the total population, the number of men in the nursing profession has actually been steadily increasing over the last few decades.According to the US Census Bureau, in 2011 the percentage of registered nurses who were males (9.6%) was over three times as much as in 1970 (2.7%). Additionally, the proportion of licensed vocational or licensed practical nurses who were male doubled in that same time frame, from 3.9% to 8.1%.
The American Community Survey provided an in depth look at the percentage and earnings of modern males in the nursing field. When stacked against the 3.2 million employed female counterparts in 2011, the 330,000 employed male nurses may still seem small in comparison. In all fields of nursing there is a disproportionate amount of women compared to men. Interestingly enough however, despite the smaller proportion of the nursing population, men still consistently out-earn women in the same nursing occupations, with the average male nurse earnings totaling $60,700 per year, with women earning $51,100. And in the occupation of nurse anesthetists, men are closing the proportion gap by making up 41% of the employed population. There is good reason for that, as the average male nurse anesthetist makes $162,900 yearly.
According to Minority Nurse, nursing school are pumping up efforts to attract the male population, and are doing so by challenging stereotypes and highlighting the vast opportunities in the field. As the need for well-trained nursing professionals will likely consistently increase as more services are needed for the baby boomer generation, now is the time for men to take advantage of the improved recruiting and training efforts being directed towards the male population.
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