Even when the economy suffers, people continue to require medical treatment. Additionally, the number of older people who will require medical, occupation, and custodial care is projected to grow rapidly increasing the need for nurses and other allied health professionals such as Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Medical Assistants.
Thousands of RN openings are expected to result from the need to replace experienced nurses who leave the occupation, many of whom are reaching retirement age in the next few years. Nursing positions are expected to grow more rapidly in nursing care facilities and home health care organizations. Although growth is projected to be slower in hospitals, positions will still come available due to the relatively high turnover of hospital nurses.