A growing number of healthcare facilities outside of hospitals are seeking nurses with advanced degrees who complete more than the minimum nursing school requirements, according to a study conducted by the Greater Cincinnati Health Council. The study shows that “RNs have been acquiring more education over the last few years.” Today, record numbers of nurses are pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Gregory Paulauskis, the director of the division of health sciences at Montana State University- Great Falls College of Technology, said that too many high school students only focus on pursuing nursing and pre-medicine programs at healthcare schools. But a need for skilled workers in all areas will continue to grow as the healthcare field expands. MSU-Great Falls hopes to “open them [students] up to other fields” by exposing them to possible career options in healthcare at a younger age.
Although the U.S. unemployment rate has dropped slightly, record numbers of Americans still cannot find work and many are accepting jobs that they are overqualified for. A new report released by the National Science Foundation (NSF) further proves a point that is often made about employment: highly educated people are more likely to be employed than those who are not. According to data collected by the NSF, Americans who hold a PhD in science, health or engineering were much less likely to be unemployed than the average American. With today’s options for online education, earning this prestigious degree though a PhD school online can be within reach for more Americans.
University bound students are not just high school seniors who transition to college because they don’t know what else to do. Today, both traditional and nontraditional students begin or return to a university for a variety of reasons. Earning a bachelor’s degree or pursuing an advanced degree can help you begin a career, find a better job, earn a higher salary, or become more of a well-rounded person. College isn’t just the next step for the graduating high school senior anymore.
Although unemployment rates are high across the country, they are significantly lower among college graduates than those who do not hold a college degree. For high school graduates, unemployment is at 10 percent and for college graduates, 5.1 percent. Overall, 9.8 percent of the American population is unemployed. This data presents the fact that higher education equals a higher likelihood of employment. But, unfortunately, the equation is not that simple.