The Labor Force on Labor Day: Nurses in Demand

Sep 5, 2011, 12:00 PM

In an otherwise grim jobs report issued last Friday, there was a bright spot: The Department of Labor reported that the health care industry added some 30,000 jobs in August, including 8,000 jobs in hospitals and 18,000 in ambulatory health care services. (Read the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics news release.)

Also on Friday, 24/7 Wall St. identified the high-paying jobs of the future—and registered nurses topped the list. After reviewing the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Employment Matrix, the financial news and opinion company identified a need for 22 percent more nurses, or 581,000 new registered nurses, from 2008 to 2018. Physicians and surgeons came in fifth on the list of high-demand, high-paying jobs of the future, and dental hygienists ninth. (Read the 24/7 Wall St. story on

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This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.