Canada’s Best Jobs: Nurse Practitioner

 
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Nurse practitioner
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Median Salary: $84,510
Salary Growth (2010–2016): +19%
Total Employees: 5,500
Change in Employees (2010–2016): No change

Job Description:

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.

Job Qualifications:

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.

Salary:

Nurse practitioners earn a median of $84,510, as wages have risen by 19% over the past five years.

Career Opportunity:

Jobs in the healthcare industry are expected to be fairly stable, given the pressure on governments to support Canada’s large aging population.


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