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Career and Education Opportunities for Nurse Practitioners in Alaska

Alaska has a population of 698,473, which has grown by 11.41% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Great Land," its capital is Juneau, though its most populous city is Anchorage.

Nurse practitioners can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Anchorage, Alaska area. There are currently 150 jobs for nurse practitioners in Alaska and this is projected to grow by 23% to 180 jobs by 2016. This is better than the national trend for nurse practitioners, which sees this job pool growing by about 13.0% over the next eight years. Nurse practitioners generally provide advanced nursing care and treatment to patients.

Nurse practitioners earn about $31 per hour or $64,850 annually on average in Alaska and about $31 hourly or $65,880 yearly on average nationally. Earnings for nurse practitioners are better than earnings in the general category of Nursing in Alaska and better than general Nursing category earnings nationally. Nurse practitioners work in a variety of jobs, including: gastroenterology nurse practitioner, palliative care nurse practitioner, and electrophysiology nurse practitioner.

The Anchorage area is home to four schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Anchorage where you can get a degree as a nurse practitioner. Nurse practitioners usually hold a Master's degree, so it will take about six years to learn to be a nurse practitioner if you already have a high school diploma, or just 2 years starting with a Bachelor's degree.

In 2008, there were a total of 452,986 jobs in Alaska. The average annual income was $43,922 in 2008, up from $41,081 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Alaska was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.5% since the previous year. Roughly 24.7% of Alaska residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Alaska include oil extraction, transportation, and general merchandise stores. Notable tourist destinations include the Alaska Museum of Natural History, the Exhibit Support, and the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

CITIES WITH Nurse Practitioner OPPORTUNITIES IN Alaska


JOB DESCRIPTION: Nurse Practitioner

In general, nurse practitioners provide advanced nursing care and treatment to patients. They also perform physical examinations, order diagnostic tests, develop treatment plans and prescribe drugs or other therapies.

Every day, nurse practitioners are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they piece together evidence to, in some sense, diagnose what is going on in a situation.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Alaska include:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse. Care for ill, injured, or disabled persons in hospitals, nursing homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.
  • Registered Nurse. Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required. Includes advance practice nurses such as: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Advanced practice nursing is practiced by RNs who have specialized formal, post-basic education and who function in highly autonomous and specialized roles.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Alaska

Alaska
Alaska photo by Christy747

Alaska has a population of 698,473, which has grown by 11.41% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Great Land," its capital is Juneau, though its biggest city is Anchorage. In 2008, there were a total of 452,986 jobs in Alaska. The average annual income was $43,922 in 2008, up from $41,081 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Alaska was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.5% since the previous year. About 24.7% of Alaska residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Alaska include oil extraction, transportation, and general merchandise stores. Notable tourist destinations include the The Imaginarium, the Anchorage Historic Properties Inc, and the Exhibit Support.