Careers in the Licensed Professions

Nurse Practitioner

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Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who have completed advanced clinical education to become certified in one or more specialty areas:

  • Pediatrics (care of children)
  • Family Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Gerontaology (care of older people)
  • Neonatology (care of newborns)
  • Psychiatry (care for mental health)
  • Psychiatry (care for mental health)
  • College Health
  • Community Health (focuses on groups and communities)
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology (childbirth and women’s health)
  • Palliative Care (care to ease all symptoms of a serious illness)
  • Perinatology (care related to high-risk pregnancies)
  • Holistic Care (considers the whole person—physical, emotional, etc.)
  • School Health
  • Acute Care
  • Oncology (treatment of cancer)

Nurse Practitioners may diagnose, treat, and prescribe for a patient’s condition that falls within their specialty area(s).


A masters or doctorate degree in a Department-registered nursing licensure program. Nurse Practitioner education programs in New York State must be approved by the New York State Education Department.

Visit the Office of the Professions for a listing of all options and requirements.




Salary and Projected Growth

  • Median salary: $113,930 in the U.S., $120,610 in NY
  • Salary range: $91,240-$138,990
  • Projected growth: much faster than average

Where Could I Work?

  • Hospitals, nursing homes, and mental health facilities
  • Clinics and private practices
  • Home care and hospices
  • Schools and public health departments

Your Interests and Abilities

  • Biology, psychology, and pharmacology
  • Supervised clinical education

Professional Skills

  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Concern for others

What Interests You?

Match your interests and personality to career options! Explore a free career tool at

Tip: try searching for mentoring programs—talk to a nurse practitioner about what they do and how they got started!

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Last Updated: January 14, 2020