Popular reasons to become a nurse include competitive wages, job security, opportunity for advancement, and schedule flexibility. Nurses are needed everywhere and rarely have trouble finding work that is close to home.
The length of training required for nursing careers is relatively short. A registered nurse position can often be attained with an associate degree and provides an average annual wage of $52,000, as of 2015. Demand for health care workers is already high and is expected to rise significantly in the upcoming years. Further study offers the opportunity to advance to work as an advanced practice registered nurse, which requires a master's degree. Nurses are also needed in clinics, schools, assisted living facilities and the home health industry.