RN to BSN Career Outlook

For Nurses, the Future Is Bright

  • The employment of registered nurses is projected to grow by 7% from 2019 to 20291
  • 56% of RNs now hold a bachelor’s degree, up from 49% in 20102
  • In 2018, one-third of current RNs indicated that they plan to retire within the next five years3

As a BSN-prepared nurse, your skills and experience will be in demand across the nation. You will graduate with the leadership and research competencies to provide your patients with exceptional evidence-based care and leadership within a health care setting.

No matter what nursing area you wish to pursue, the RN to BSN online program will prepare you for the best opportunities. Simply put, you will be more likely to gain — and retain — the nursing job you seek.

Top Earning Potential

Registered nurses earned median pay of $73,300 in 2019.1 According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) will have better job prospects than other RNs.

The increased education and clinical experience you gain at Benedictine University will prepare you for nursing positions like:*

Charge nurse$71,876
Nurse case manager$72,740
Nursing director$88,400
Nursing manager$86,768
Registered nurse$73,300
School nurse$48,509

*SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, PayScale.com; December 2020

Make a Bigger Impact

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reports that the BSN degree is essential for nurses seeking to move up the career ladder and provide a higher level of quality care.5

As a graduate, you will have the critical-thinking skills and knowledge necessary to see beyond a patient’s immediate needs. You will be able to design and implement evidence-based plans for patient care, resulting in an enhanced quality of life for your patients and their families.

Additionally, when you move into supervisory and management roles, opportunities arise to influence health care policy and bring about lasting change.

Work In a Location You Love

With your Benedictine University BSN, you will find positions available across the nation. Nursing jobs requiring a BSN are plentiful. 

The Chicago-Naperville-Elgin area was in the top 3 metropolitan areas with the highest employment level for registered nurses, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The region employed 97,030 registered nurses in 2019.4

Additionally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that these five states provided the most employment opportunities for registered nurses in 2019:4

  1. California
    California offered the most job opportunities for registered nurses at 302,770 positions. RNs earned a mean annual wage of $113,240, the highest salary for RNs of all U.S. states.
  2. Texas
    Texas filled 218,090 nursing positions and paid its RNs a mean wage of $74,540 per year.
  3. Florida
    Florida had 181,670 nursing positions available, with a mean annual wage of $67,610.
  4. New York
    With 178,320 nursing positions filled, New York paid its RNs a mean annual wage of $87,840.
  5. Pennsylvania
    Pennsylvania offered 148,040 opportunities for registered nurses, who earned a $71,410 mean annual wage.

Learn more about the career opportunities open to you with the RN to BSN online degree from Benedictine University. Request more information or call (866) 295-3104 today to speak to a program manager.


1U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020 Sept. 1). Registered Nurses. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved Dec. 7, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm.
2American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2019 April). The Impact of Education on Nursing Practice. Retrieved Dec. 7, 2020, from https://www.aacnnursing.org/News-Information/Fact-Sheets/Impact-of-Education.
3Illinois Center for Nursing (2019 Feb. 13). Registered Nurse Workforce Survey Report. Retrieved Dec. 7, 2020, from http://nursing.illinois.gov/PDF/2019-02-13_%202018%20RN%20Survey%20Report_Final.pdf.
4U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020 July 6). Occupational Employment and Wages-Registered Nurses. Occupational Employment Statistics. Retrieved Dec. 7, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291141.htm#st.
5American Association of Colleges of Nursing (n.d.). Your Nursing Career: A Look at the Facts. Retrieved Dec. 7, 2020, from https://www.aacnnursing.org/Students/Your-Nursing-Career-A-Look-at-the-Facts.