|Salary Growth (2010–2016):||+19%|
|Change in Employees (2010–2016):||No change|
The responsibilities of a nurse practitioner are greater than a registered nurse, but less than a doctor. They’ve got advanced training and the additional responsibility to diagnose and treat illnesses, and as of 2017, can prescribe certain types of medicine if they’ve completed further education.
You’ll need to complete a college or university program in nursing, followed by additional training. Alternatively, a master’s degree in nursing is seen as a way in. For both, employers expect several years experience as a registered nurse.
Nurse practitioners earn a median of $84,510, as wages have risen by 19% over the past five years.
Jobs in the healthcare industry are expected to be fairly stable, given the pressure on governments to support Canada’s large aging population.