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Explore Job Roles: Nurse Practitioner

Learn about the average salary, relevant studies, related questions, and common path after college to becoming a Nurse Practitioner.

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses that have had advanced training and education. NPs are required to have master’s or doctoral degrees.

Where does a Nurse Practitioner work?

  • Hospitals
  • Community health centers
  • Clinics

How much does a Nurse Practitioner make?

Based on real new grad salaries reported through Handshake, the median annual salary for a Nurse Practitioner is $101,000.

What majors are typically interested in becoming Nurse Practitioners?

One’s major doesn’t necessarily determine their career, but these are some common majors of those who end up pursuing this career path.

  • Nursing majors
  • Biology majors

Nurse Practitioners skills and competencies:

On top of a relevant degree and formal training, here are some professional skills that can help aspiring Nurse Practitioners succeed in their work:

  • Great communication skills
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure
  • Organizational skills

What are some common questions about Nurse Practitioners?

Q: What does a Nurse Practitioner do?

A: NPs are usually in charge of diagnosing and treating medical tests, prescribing medication, and working in a team to care for patients.

Check out our guide for health care majors for entry level jobs, recommended degrees and industries.

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