Health care needs are on the rise as millions of baby boomers start to enter their golden years. And in a state like New York, with over 19 million people, there are going to be more than enough people — not just baby boomers, but people of all ages and generations — who will be in need of the services of qualified health care professionals.

If you have a knack for helping people, are interested in a health care role, and are looking for a job or career with plenty of potential and good pay, then getting a degree in nursing could be the route to go. And with abundant educational options both campus-based in New York and online nationwide, it’s becoming easier to find a degree program that fits your needs.

Why Consider Nursing?

So why consider nursing? Well, besides the favorable job outlook and decent pay, with an education in nursing, you could be able to find a career that is not only monetarily satisfying, but is intrinsically satisfying and allows you to provide necessary services to the public.

You may decide to go with a more hands-on approach by becoming a registered nurse, nursing assistant or licensed practical nurse and working in the trenches so to speak, dealing directly with patients. Otherwise, you might choose to go for a more managerial approach, looking to get a bachelor’s degree in human services or health administration. You might even decide to forge ahead with your education, choosing to obtain a master’s degree in which you might focus in health care education, health administration, integrative health care, informatics or a similar area within the field.

Whatever you decide, by finding a program that offers coursework centered on patient care, leadership, health care management, and that may be supplemented by experts in the nursing field, you could broaden your horizons. Such degree work may help you decide in which way you would like your nursing or nursing-related career future to take place. And in a state like New York, where there are a variety of both urban and small community or suburban-based health alternatives, there may be plenty of options available for not only where you work, but in what style or size of health facility and in what capacity.

Picking a Good School for Your Nursing Education Needs

There are a variety of educational choices in and around the New York area. With online programs now viable options for many people, this can open the door to many programs that would have unavailable only a decade or two ago. This availability can provide educational opportunities to people who may previously have been restricted by things like location, finances or work or family obligations.

The obstacle for many potential students now though, is an overabundance of program options. There are so many schools and programs out there that it can be hard to know which one is right for you and will fit best with your personal needs and situation. That’s why our site provides you with the tools to begin narrowing down and refining your search. You can begin sorting through our over 500 accredited schools and certificate programs based upon whether they are online or campus-based, location, program type, and you can even review our Nursing Degree Guide to assist you in learning more about nursing.

Health of the Job Market in Nursing

If you’re thinking about exploring the nursing job market in New York, here are some interesting facts. According to the May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates put out by the Bureau of labor Statistic, New York ranks as the third highest state in employment level for registered nurses, with a mean annual wage of $75,370, as well as the third highest state in employment level for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, with a mean annual wage of $43,820.

For a look at national numbers, in their Occupational Outlook Handbook, the Bureau of Labor Statistics cites that the job growth outlook for registered nurses for 2010-20 is a faster than average 26 percent compared to other jobs, and a faster than average 22 percent for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses compared to other jobs.