Registered nurse: While the once seemingly recessionproof healthcare industry has witnessed a hiring slowdown in the first quarter this year, nursing is still one of the most promising occupations for employment. There were nearly 2.5 million nurses employed in 2007 and the Labor Department ranks nursing among the top five occupations with the most openings projected through 2016. It's also the top job opening on LinkUp. Not only are many nurses reaching retirement age, the aging of the baby boom generation promises to beef up business for the nation's healthcare providers. An associate's degree is sufficient for many nursing positions, although a bachelor's of nursing or master's in nursing will provide greater opportunity.
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