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Career and Education Opportunities for Nurse Practitioners in South Carolina

South Carolina has a population of 4,561,242, which has grown by 13.69% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Palmetto State," South Carolina's capital and largest city is Columbia.

There are currently 880 working nurse practitioners in South Carolina; this should grow 10% to 970 working nurse practitioners in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for nurse practitioners, which sees this job pool growing by about 13.0% over the next eight years. In general, nurse practitioners provide advanced nursing care and treatment to patients.

A person working as a nurse practitioner can expect to earn about $34 hourly or $72,690 per year on average in South Carolina and about $31 hourly or $65,880 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Compared with people working in the overall category of Nursing, people working as nurse practitioners in South Carolina earn more. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Nursing nationally. Nurse practitioners work in a variety of jobs, including: family nurse practitioner, advanced practice registered nurse, and women's health care nurse practitioner.

In 2008, there were a total of 2,579,280 jobs in South Carolina. The average annual income was $32,495 in 2008, up from $31,925 in 2007. The unemployment rate in South Carolina was 11.7% in 2009, which has grown by 4.8% since the previous year. Approximately 20.4% of South Carolina residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in South Carolina include engine, turbine, and power transmission equipment manufacturing, textile mills, and plastics products manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Columbia Museum of Art, the S C State Museum, and the Historic Columbia.

CITIES WITH Nurse Practitioner OPPORTUNITIES IN South Carolina


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 South Carolina 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.
  • Physician Assistant. Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.
  • 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: South Carolina

South Carolina
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South Carolina has a population of 4,561,242, which has grown by 13.69% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Palmetto State," South Carolina's capital and biggest city is Columbia. In 2008, there were a total of 2,579,280 jobs in South Carolina. The average annual income was $32,495 in 2008, up from $31,925 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in South Carolina was 11.7% in 2009, which has grown by 4.8% since the previous year. Approximately 20.4% of South Carolina residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in South Carolina include engine, turbine, and power transmission equipment manufacturing, textile mills, and plastics products manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Edventure, the University of South Carolina, and the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter.