Critical Care Nursing Careers

The career paths to enter the field of critical care are wide and varied. It takes a high level of skill and experience to excel in ICU nursing careers. Nurses who choose to pursue careers in critical care units have a lot of options at their disposal, and countless ways to get there. There is no one set determined path to reach your career goals when it comes to a job in the ICU. It is important for nurses to be well informed on all the career options available at their disposal, which is why has all the tools necessary to determine which education and career path is the one for you. 

Explore the links below to discover where a career in critical care can take you.

  • The practice areas for critical care nurses include the ICU, PICU, and NICU.
  • Becoming certified in a specific area of critical care will help enhance your knowledge and skills. For more information, visit the certifications page.
  • You can also find a job in critical care nursing by searching a particular keyword or location.

Source: PayScale

Employment Projections Data for Registered Nurses, 2014-24

ICU nurses are in demand. Employment for Registered Nurses (RN) is expected to grow 16% by 2024, much faster than average for all occupations. With an advanced education, ICU nurses typically have higher salary potential than traditional RNs.

CHANGE, 2014-24
REGISTERED NURSES29-11412,751,0003,190,30016439,300Download XLX

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

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