Being a travel nurse is an exciting career. The opportunity to travel the country, working with amazing people, all while making a positive impact on the world around us. As a travel nurse, it is a good idea to keep an eye on what is going on with the entire nursing industry. Here are 10 nursing statistics every travel nurse should know.

  1. Employment of registered nurses (RNs) is projected to grow much faster than the average growth for all occupations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for registered nurses is expected to grow by 15% from 2016 to 2026.
  2. California offers a lot of benefits for nurses. First off, California has the highest median RN salary across all 50 states. According to, the median RN salary for a registered nurse in California is $100,000. Check out more benefits for California travel nursing jobs.
  3. According to a recent Forbes article, Fresno offers the best wages and standard of living costs. According to the article, a nurse can expect $81,000 per year. The good news is that one of the benefits of being a travel nurse is that you can make up to six figures in many acute-care assignments.
  4. Even though the largest expected growth is set to take place in California, every state’s employment growth is projected at 11%. Per
  5. 1.1 million. That’s how many new jobs are expected to need to be created by 2022 according to American Nurses Association. That’s good news for travel nurses. If you aren’t sure where to take an assignment, check out these top 50 cities for travel nurses in 2018.
  6. Part of the high demand for nurses is due to the aging population of RNs in the workplace. The American Nurse Association states that more than 500,000 seasoned RNs are expected to retire by 2022.
  7. CareerBuilder’s 2017 report states that nursing jobs will hit 3.9 million in 2021.
  8. 70% of nurses feel burnt out in their current jobs; per CareerBuilder.
  9. 85% of nurses surveyed said while they are not actively looking for a new job, that they would be open if the right opportunity came up.
  10. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 20 million people gained insurance since the Affordable Care Act was implemented. This certainly helps the growing number of RN jobs.

Hopefully after reading these 10 statistics you feel good about being a travel nurse. There is certainly tremendous opportunity for every travel nurse. These 10 nursing statistics every travel nurse should know support that claim.

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