Ambulatory Health Care Services Opportunities

Health Care and Social Assistance – Relative Sector Size and Growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the Health Care and Social Assistance sector will grow substantially over the next several years and will employ more people in 2026 than any other sector.

Projected Growth for Main Industry Sectors
Projected Growth for Main Industry Sectors

Ambulatory Health Care Services

Within the Health Care and Social Assistance sector, the Ambulatory Health Care Services is the largest industry with the most projected growth.

Health Care and Social Assistance Industry Segments
Health Care and Social Assistance Industry Segments

Ambulatory Health Care Services Industry Groups

The Ambulatory Health Care Services industry consists of the following industry groups:

  • Offices of Physicians
  • Offices of Dentists
  • Offices of Other Health Practitioners
  • Outpatient Care Centers
  • Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
  • Home Health Care Services
  • Other Ambulatory Health Care Services

Ambulatory Health Care Services Occupational Opportunities

The following lists the largest and fastest growing occupations in the Ambulatory Health Care Services industry for 2026.

  • Registered nurses (largest)
  • Home health aides (largest and fastest growing)
  • Medical assistants (largest)
  • Personal care aides (largest and fastest growing)
  • Medical secretaries (largest)
  • Dental assistants (largest)
  • Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (largest)
  • Dental hygienists (largest)
  • Health specialties teachers, postsecondary (fastest growing)
  • Massage therapists (fastest growing)
  • Medical and health services managers (fastest growing)
  • Nurse practitioners (fastest growing)

Registered Nurses Outlook

Registered nurses are one of the largest occupations in the Ambulatory Health Care Services industry.

Registered Nurses – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for registered nurses.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Registered nurses 725.2 7.8 34.9 Bachelor’s degree None

Registered Nurses – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for registered nurses.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
South Dakota 12,530 29.87 1.47 $27.41 $57,010
West Virginia 20,410 29.65 1.45 $29.03 $60,380
Delaware 11,620 26.25 1.29 $35.18 $73,180
Missouri 72,090 25.85 1.27 $30.43 $63,300
Mississippi 28,760 25.69 1.26 $27.74 $57,700

Registered Nurses – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for registered nurses.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 3,090 72.52 3.56 $28.26 $58,780
Rochester, MN 7,640 66.54 3.26 $37.46 $77,920
Greenville, NC 4,150 55.65 2.73 $29.36 $61,060
Morgantown, WV 3,050 47.29 2.32 $31.12 $64,730
Gainesville, FL 5,470 41.51 2.04 $32.42 $67,430
Sherman-Denison, TX 1,860 41.34 2.03 $30.83 $64,130
Sioux Falls, SD 6,050 39.93 1.96 $27.77 $57,750
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 11,700 39.18 1.92 $32.39 $67,360
Rome, GA 1,440 38.92 1.91 $30.65 $63,740
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 5,060 38.70 1.90 $29.47 $61,290

Home Health Aides Outlook

Home health aides are projected to be one of the largest and fastest growing occupations in the Ambulatory Health Care Services industry.

Home Health Aides- Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for home health aides.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Home health aides 680.2 7.3 62.9 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training

Home Health Aides – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for home health aides.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
New York 193,460 21.01 3.65 $11.88 $24,720
Ohio 59,010 10.99 1.91 $10.51 $21,860
New Jersey 41,200 10.28 1.79 $11.42 $23,760
District of Columbia 6,910 9.76 1.69 $13.66 $28,410
New Mexico 7,330 9.15 1.59 $11.47 $23,850

Home Health Aides – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for home health aides.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 6,550 46.90 8.14 $8.98 $18,690
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 8,890 34.95 6.07 $9.09 $18,900
Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, MA NECTA Division 1,490 34.60 6.01 $14.08 $29,280
Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 2,350 28.60 4.97 $15.31 $31,840
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 181,160 27.06 4.70 $11.66 $24,240
Tyler, TX 1,730 17.15 2.98 $9.63 $20,030
Corpus Christi, TX 3,090 16.37 2.84 $9.01 $18,750
Sherman-Denison, TX 700 15.62 2.71 $13.15 $27,360
Flint, MI 2,030 14.67 2.55 $10.71 $22,270
Duluth, MN-WI 1,800 14.29 2.48 $12.99 $27,010

Medical Assistants Outlook

Medical assistants are projected to be one of the largest occupations in the Ambulatory Health Care Services industry.

Medical Assistants – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for medical assistants.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Medical assistants 645.3 7.0 33.1 Postsecondary nondegree award None

Medical Assistants – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for medical assistants.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
New Mexico 5,880 7.34 1.62 $14.42 $30,000
Maine 3,900 6.52 1.44 $16.35 $34,020
Arizona 17,510 6.48 1.43 $15.79 $32,840
Florida 54,220 6.44 1.42 $15.37 $31,980
Oregon 11,430 6.24 1.38 $17.78 $36,990

Medical Assistants – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for medical assistants.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Rochester, MN 1,770 15.43 3.40 $20.05 $41,710
Grants Pass, OR 290 11.69 2.58 $16.17 $33,630
Gainesville, GA 980 11.63 2.57 $15.62 $32,480
Ocala, FL 1,040 10.41 2.30 $14.31 $29,760
Gadsden, AL 360 10.23 2.26 $12.99 $27,010
Albuquerque, NM 3,790 9.94 2.19 $14.64 $30,450
Medford, OR 820 9.73 2.15 $17.64 $36,680
Punta Gorda, FL 440 9.53 2.10 $14.93 $31,060
Redding, CA 610 9.47 2.09 $16.52 $34,370
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 1,810 9.43 2.08 $14.55 $30,270

Personal Care Aides Outlook

Personal care aides are projected to be one of the largest and fastest growing occupations in the Ambulatory Health Care Services industry.

Personal Care Aides – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for personal care aides.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Personal care aides 498.8 5.4 55.0 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training

Personal Care Aides – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for personal care aides.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
California 520,660 31.19 2.18 $12.60 $26,220
New Mexico 24,700 30.83 2.16 $9.83 $20,450
Minnesota 72,080 25.39 1.78 $12.26 $25,500
Maine 14,360 23.97 1.68 $11.70 $24,330
Wisconsin 61,190 21.66 1.52 $11.15 $23,190

Personal Care Aides – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for personal care aides.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 13,320 95.38 6.68 $9.07 $18,860
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 22,550 88.71 6.21 $8.92 $18,560
El Centro, CA 4,650 77.25 5.41 $11.09 $23,070
Laredo, TX 6,450 66.18 4.63 $8.93 $18,570
Chico, CA 4,210 52.54 3.68 $11.60 $24,120
Redding, CA 3,380 52.28 3.66 $11.57 $24,060
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 2,490 47.59 3.33 $13.63 $28,350
Springfield, MA-CT 15,380 46.86 3.28 $13.64 $28,370
New Bedford, MA 2,850 43.48 3.04 $13.62 $28,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 189,810 42.84 3.00 $13.36 $27,790

Medical Secretaries Outlook

Medical secretaries are projected to be one of the largest occupations in the Ambulatory Health Care Services industry.

Medical Secretaries – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for medical secretaries.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Medical secretaries 467.8 5.0 28.5 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training

Medical Secretaries – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for medical secretaries.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Delaware 4,000 9.03 2.23 $17.36 $36,120
Texas 103,630 8.71 2.15 $15.89 $33,050
Oregon 13,990 7.64 1.89 $18.63 $38,740
Massachusetts 24,440 6.93 1.71 $20.69 $43,030
Ohio 34,390 6.40 1.58 $15.88 $33,020

Medical Secretaries – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for medical secretaries.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Rochester, MN 1,970 17.20 4.25 $20.12 $41,860
Tyler, TX 1,520 15.11 3.74 $14.62 $30,400
Corvallis, OR 520 14.42 3.56 $17.78 $36,990
Grants Pass, OR 330 13.39 3.31 $17.03 $35,420
Victoria, TX 510 12.69 3.14 $14.69 $30,540
Wichita Falls, TX 660 11.72 2.90 $16.49 $34,310
Medford, OR 960 11.40 2.82 $17.21 $35,800
Amarillo, TX 1,280 11.15 2.76 $14.39 $29,930
Bay City, MI 380 11.07 2.74 $16.15 $33,580
Sherman-Denison, TX 500 11.03 2.73 $17.05 $35,460

Dental Assistants Outlook

Dental assistants are projected to be one of the largest occupations in the Ambulatory Health Care Services industry.

Dental Assistants – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for dental assistants.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Dental assistants 377.0 4.1 20.3 Postsecondary nondegree award None

Dental Assistants – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for dental assistants.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Alaska 1,300 4.09 1.73 $22.07 $45,900
Utah 5,220 3.70 1.57 $14.55 $30,270
New Mexico 2,740 3.42 1.45 $16.77 $34,880
Washington 10,580 3.32 1.40 $20.45 $42,540
Idaho 2,210 3.22 1.36 $16.64 $34,620

Dental Assistants – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for dental assistants.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Farmington, NM 260 5.42 2.29 $18.66 $38,800
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 260 5.39 2.28 $17.59 $36,580
Logan, UT-ID 290 5.30 2.24 $13.52 $28,120
Grants Pass, OR 130 5.14 2.17 $19.34 $40,220
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 1,180 4.73 2.00 $15.49 $32,220
Redding, CA 310 4.72 2.00 $17.81 $37,050
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 410 4.71 1.99 $20.82 $43,310
Yakima, WA 420 4.64 1.96 $18.05 $37,550
Colorado Springs, CO 1,270 4.61 1.95 $16.95 $35,250
Provo-Orem, UT 1,050 4.57 1.93 $13.62 $28,330

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Outlook

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses are projected to be one of the largest occupations in the Ambulatory Health Care Services industry.

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 283.8 3.1 34.1 Postsecondary nondegree award None

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Louisiana 20,340 10.69 2.17 $18.52 $38,530
Arkansas 12,350 10.29 2.09 $18.35 $38,180
West Virginia 5,900 8.56 1.74 $17.40 $36,190
Tennessee 24,000 8.23 1.67 $18.71 $38,910
Mississippi 8,970 8.01 1.62 $17.92 $37,280

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Sherman-Denison, TX 740 16.33 3.31 $19.73 $41,040
Wichita Falls, TX 900 15.98 3.24 $20.66 $42,980
Victoria, TX 630 15.68 3.18 $18.85 $39,210
Johnson City, TN 1,160 15.11 3.06 $17.23 $35,830
Monroe, LA 1,120 14.48 2.94 $18.05 $37,540
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 2,500 14.32 2.90 $18.60 $38,680
Alexandria, LA 850 14.05 2.85 $18.79 $39,080
Jackson, TN 910 13.97 2.83 $16.75 $34,830
Beckley, WV 590 13.78 2.80 $16.43 $34,170
Jonesboro, AR 740 13.54 2.75 $16.94 $35,220

Dental Hygienists Outlook

Dental hygienists are projected to be one of the largest occupations in the Ambulatory Health Care Services industry.

Dental Hygienists – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth, dental hygienists.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Dental hygienists 241.2 2.6 20.1 Associate’s degree None

Dental Hygienists – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for dental hygienists.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Rhode Island 1,290 2.72 1.83 $35.95 $74,780
Idaho 1,650 2.41 1.62 $35.81 $74,490
Vermont 720 2.37 1.60 $32.81 $68,250
Michigan 10,090 2.36 1.59 $29.99 $62,370
Connecticut 3,770 2.28 1.54 $39.55 $82,260

Dental Hygienists – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for dental hygienists.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Pocatello, ID 130 3.82 2.57 $28.51 $59,310
Flint, MI 520 3.78 2.55 $29.58 $61,530
Grants Pass, OR 90 3.71 2.50 $39.44 $82,030
Medford, OR 310 3.64 2.45 $41.81 $86,970
Barnstable Town, MA 370 3.55 2.39 $40.69 $84,640
Chico, CA 260 3.26 2.20 $46.98 $97,730
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 320 3.24 2.18 $49.89 $103,770
St. George, UT 190 3.05 2.06 $33.28 $69,230
Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, MA NECTA Division 130 2.91 1.96 $40.86 $84,980
Kokomo, IN 110 2.87 1.94 $31.48 $65,490

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary Outlook

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the Ambulatory Health Care Services industry.

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for health specialties teachers, postsecondary.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Health specialties teachers, postsecondary 2.1 0.0 54.2 Doctoral or professional degree None

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for health specialties teachers, postsecondary.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
North Carolina 10,260 2.39 1.75 (4) $137,480
New York 21,860 2.37 1.74 (4) $123,210
West Virginia 1,600 2.32 1.70 (4) $62,210
Colorado 5,590 2.19 1.60 (4) $134,080
Nebraska 1,960 2.01 1.48 (4) $88,580

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for health specialties teachers, postsecondary.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 6,060 20.30 14.87 NA $138,110
Gainesville, FL 1,980 15.05 11.02 NA $141,640
Madison, WI 2,730 7.06 5.17 NA $77,340
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 5,410 5.98 4.38 NA $100,010
Auburn-Opelika, AL 300 5.34 3.91 NA $112,430
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 2,310 4.59 3.36 NA NA
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 1,470 4.38 3.21 NA $78,350
College Station-Bryan, TX 480 4.26 3.12 NA $111,150
Jackson, MS 1,110 4.24 3.11 NA $192,550
New Haven, CT 1,100 4.01 2.94 NA $181,590

Massage Therapists Outlook

Massage therapists is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the Ambulatory Health Care Services industry.

Massage Therapists – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for massage therapists.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Massage therapists 53.1 0.6 49.9 Postsecondary nondegree award None

Massage Therapists – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for massage therapists.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Hawaii 1,380 2.18 3.01 $25.89 $53,860
Colorado 5,160 2.02 2.79 $20.88 $43,420
Alaska 640 2.00 2.77 $41.82 $86,980
Washington 4,520 1.42 1.96 $29.73 $61,840
Nevada 1,670 1.28 1.76 $14.68 $30,530

Massage Therapists – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for massage therapists.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Napa, CA 310 4.25 5.87 $25.63 $53,320
Boulder, CO 560 3.16 4.36 $25.67 $53,390
Anchorage, AK 510 2.96 4.08 $42.33 $88,050
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 210 2.90 4.00 $36.68 $76,290
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 300 2.63 3.63 $22.51 $46,810
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,500 2.42 3.35 $19.52 $40,600
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 270 2.13 2.95 $12.93 $26,880
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 270 2.12 2.93 $17.32 $36,020
Urban Honolulu, HI 900 1.96 2.70 $23.89 $49,690
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 1,080 1.79 2.47 $24.63 $51,230

Medical and Health Services Managers Outlook

Medical and health services managers is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the Ambulatory Health Care Services industry.

Medical and Health Services Managers – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for medical and health services managers.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Medical and health services managers 151.0 1.6 47.1 Bachelor’s degree None

Medical and Health Services Managers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for medical and health services managers.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Iowa 6,160 4.01 1.65 $41.69 $86,710
Oklahoma 6,210 3.95 1.62 $42.79 $88,990
Massachusetts 13,770 3.90 1.60 $61.89 $128,730
Maryland 10,210 3.83 1.57 $57.15 $118,860
Arkansas 4,360 3.63 1.49 $39.87 $82,930

Medical and Health Services Managers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for medical and health services managers.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 700 7.37 3.03 $52.43 $109,060
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 4,010 6.86 2.82 $58.53 $121,730
Iowa City, IA 620 6.76 2.78 $48.14 $100,130
Ann Arbor, MI 1,340 6.24 2.56 $53.31 $110,880
Pittsfield, MA 220 5.54 2.27 $56.19 $116,870
Hot Springs, AR 180 5.22 2.14 $38.11 $79,260
Rochester, MN 590 5.13 2.11 $55.39 $115,210
Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 420 5.11 2.10 $53.87 $112,060
Ames, IA 210 4.76 1.95 $43.98 $91,490
Jackson, TN 310 4.75 1.95 $40.69 $84,630

Nurse Practitioners Outlook

Nurse practitioners is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the Ambulatory Health Care Services industry.

Nurse Practitioners – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for nurse practitioners.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Nurse practitioners 135.0 1.5 46.2 Master’s degree None

Nurse Practitioners – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for nurse practitioners.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Tennessee 6,550 2.25 1.93 $45.18 $93,970
Mississippi 2,480 2.22 1.90 $51.58 $107,280
Maine 1,150 1.91 1.64 $48.13 $100,100
Massachusetts 6,280 1.78 1.53 $57.76 $120,140
New Hampshire 1,150 1.76 1.51 $54.06 $112,440

Nurse Practitioners – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for nurse practitioners.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Rochester, MN 1,140 9.90 8.49 $59.95 $124,690
Hattiesburg, MS 240 3.90 3.35 $58.23 $121,130
Cleveland, TN 170 3.68 3.16 $43.32 $90,100
Lima, OH 180 3.59 3.08 $48.64 $101,170
Johnson City, TN 260 3.37 2.89 $44.15 $91,820
Joplin, MO 260 3.28 2.82 $44.39 $92,320
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 170 3.21 2.76 $48.39 $100,660
Knoxville, TN 1,210 3.17 2.72 $45.15 $93,920
Beckley, WV 130 3.11 2.67 $42.65 $88,700
Monroe, LA 230 2.99 2.56 $36.56 $76,040

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