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Critical Care Nurses In Demand

General Information


Provide specialized nursing care for patients in critical or coronary care units.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit55.76%
  2. Private, not for profit31.09%
  3. State and local government8.95%
  4. Federal government2.61%
  5. Self-employed1.55%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Health Science

Job Outlook

Projected Job Growth (2022 - 2032)
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Salary Information

Median Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


Median Military Salary Military pay may be higher based on specialty pays or bonuses. Learn more about Military benefits.


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Education & Interests

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 50%
  • Associate's degree 35%
  • Master's degree 10%
  • Post-master's certificate 3%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%


You may find this career fulfilling if you consider yourself to be:

  • Social — You have an interest in helping, teaching, advising, assisting or providing service to others.
  • Investigative — You have an interest in studying and researching objects, organisms, and other things.
  • Realistic — You have an interest in physically working with equipment, materials or structures.

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Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership


  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Biology

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