Top 10 MSN Degree Specialities

We know from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that there is going to be continued and significant growth in the field of nursing over the coming years. Although this means that having an MSN degree is always going to serve you well, there are certain specializations in which you are almost guaranteed to be successful.

Let’s take a look, therefore, at the top 10 MSN degree specialties for the future.

#1 – Certified Nurse Midwife

Our population is aging, and there will not be sufficient adults in the country to do all the necessary work and look after the elderly as well.

How to Become One

Must have a number of years experience as a nurse and should have a master’s degree in nurse-midwifery

Job Growth Trends

Demand expected to increase by 31 percent in 2022

Salary

Average salary of $79,000

#2 – Critical Care Nurse

As our population is aging, more and more people will require critical care. However, with older populations, this becomes even more apparent.

How to Become One

Educational degree beyond BSN. Must be knowledgeable in the latest trends in critical care. Work experience in ICUs often required.

Job Growth Trends

Demand expected to increase by 16 percent in 2022

Salary

Average salary of $61,000

#3 – Family Nurse Practitioner

Family nurse practitioners often work out in the community and promote health and longevity among families with children.

How to Become One

Must have MSN degree and a licensed nurse practitioner. Work experience of a number of years. License from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Job Growth Trends

Demand expected to increase by 25 percent in 2022

Salary

Average salary of $94,000

#4 – Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

As our population ages, the need for gerontological care continues to increase.

How to Become One

Basically the same as the previous field but will need to have specialization in elder care. Must have MSN degree and a licensed nurse practitioner. Work experience of a number of years. License from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Job Growth Trends

Demand expected to increase by 25 percent in 2022

Salary

Average salary of $94,000

#5 – Nurse Anesthetist

A nurse anesthetist supports an anesthesiologist during surgery and surgery preparation. Additionally, they work independently more and more often, particularly in cases where only local anesthetic is required.

How to Become One

You must have an MSN in nurse anesthesia. Work experience in the ICU or emergency room often required. In years to come, a Ph.D. in nursing may be required.

Job Growth Trends

Demand expected to increase by 22 percent in 2022

Salary

Average salary of $154,300

#6 – Nurse Educator

The field of work for a nurse educator is growing tremendously. Almost all universities in the country now focus on developing leaders, who can provide education to other nurses while in the field.

How to Become One

You must have at least a MSN degree but a doctorate in nursing would provide you with a better chance of getting the best teaching positions.

Job Growth Trends

Demand expected to increase by 19 percent in 2022

Salary

Average salary of $65,000, although this varies by a wide range depending on where you work.

 

#7 – Nurse Researcher

The role of nurse researcher is incredibly popular now, because knowledge needs to be achieved in terms of the health concerns of the future. However, we don’t know what will happen to the next generation and what health problems they will be facing.

How to Become One

You must have an MSN but a doctorate in nursing would be preferable. Work experience in clinical studies may be required.

Job Growth Trends

Demand expected to increase by 26 percent in 2022

Salary

Average salary of $90,000

#8 – Pain Management Nurse

Unfortunately, our population is dealing with higher and higher levels of pain. This is due to our aging population, but also due to our lifestyles. People who deal with obesity and the associated health conditions often have a lot of pain, but people also make other choices, such as to have plastic surgery, that affect their levels of pain.

How to Become One

A BSN degree may be acceptable but MSN would provide better opportunities. Several years of experience in pain management often needed.

Job Growth Trends

Demand expected to increase by 19 percent in 2022

Salary

Average salary of $67,000

#9 – Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric nurse practitioners work with very sick babies. Advancements in medical technology have made it possible for increasingly young babies to survive various health problems.

How to Become One

Basically the same as nurse practitioner but will need to have specialization in pediatric care. Must have MSN degree and a licensed nurse practitioner. Work experience of a number of years. License from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Job Growth Trends

Demand expected to increase by 25 percent in 2022

Salary

Average salary of $94,000

#10 – Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Finally, the field of psychiatric nurse practitioners is ever growing as well. There is a greater understanding of the challenges of mental health and how these conditions can be treated.

How to Become One

Basically the same as nurse practitioner but will need to have specialization in psychiatric care. Must have MSN degree and a licensed nurse practitioner. Work experience of a number of years. License from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Job Growth Trends

Demand expected to increase by 25 percent in 2022

Salary

Average salary of $94,000

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