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Being an RN is one of the 50 best jobs in the country, according to Money Magazine. Teaming with the Internet career site, the magazine ranked careers using salary and job prospects as the primary criteria. The list identifies jobs with above-average growth rates projected for the next 10 years, based on data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.


The projected 10-year job growth for RNs is 29.4%. The three fastest-growing fields were physician assistant (49.7%), software engineer (46%), and physical therapist assistants (44.2%).


Overall, RNs ranked 47th on the list. Why so low? Despite a strong showing in job growth and salary categories, nursing received mediocre grades in four workplace categories: creativity (D), difficulty (C), flexibility (B), and stress (D).


The study was limited to positions that required at least a bachelor's degree and met several other criteria, including an average salary of $50,000 or above and 800 or more annual job openings. For a complete list, visit the Money Magazine Web site at

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