The strong job outlook for APRNs is underpinned by robust growth in the demand for healthcare services. Several factors, including the Affordable Care Act and its positive impact on the overall number of Americans with health insurance coverage, the increased emphasis on preventative care, and the large, aging baby-boom population will contribute to growing demand for healthcare services.
Also underlying the strong job outlook for APRNs are legislative trends that are gradually expanding the profession's practice authority to include more primary care services traditionally rendered by physicians. In addition, APRNs are becoming more widely recognized by the public as a source for primary healthcare, another ongoing development that will boost job growth prospects for the profession.
For a look at the job outlook for other health professions, visit Healthcare Job Outlook.