After earning R.N. credentials, nurse practitioners must complete a master’s or doctoral degree. They must also have advanced clinical training and a license to practice in their respective state.
Salary: The average pay for a nurse practitioner was $96,460 in 2012, according to the Department of Labor.
Job outlook: Employment of nurse practitioners is expected to grow 31 percent through 2022. Growth will occur primarily because of the effects of federal health-care legislation, an increased emphasis on preventative care and demand from the aging baby-boomer population, according to the DOL.