Registered Nurses (29-1141)

Occupation description:  Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required. Includes Clinical Nurse Specialists. Excludes Nurse Anesthetists (29-1151), Nurse Midwives (29-1161), and Nurse Practitioners (29-1171).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 5,3585,903 10.255 133187
United States 2,751,0003,190,300 16.043,930 64,910108,840

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is moderate with very high employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 34.7022.6527.01 32.9140.2749.52
Alaska 41.5629.8134.33 41.0148.2956.47
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 41.7528.6833.81 41.0549.3657.68
Fairbanks North Star Borough 39.6331.0934.20 39.0645.0149.04
Southeast Region 41.5032.0835.83 41.7647.3451.14
Balance of State 42.4331.6435.67 42.0348.0156.02

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
6,1481,005 16.348.6 38.7
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation411
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation189
UI claimants previously working in occupation105
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 339
Number of job position postings 486
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 0.7

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens

Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens

Charter College, Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Nursing AAS

Multimed   (Anchorage)
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) ACLS Program
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Blood Borne Pathogens
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) PALS Program
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) PALS Program Refresher Course

Team One Alaska   (Anchorage)
CPR - BLS for the Provider

TSS - The Safety Specialists   (Ketchikan)
Bloodborne Pathogens

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Family Nurse Practitioner Lic
Nursing Science Bac
Nursing Science Mas
Psychia & Mentl Hlth Nur Pract Lic

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Nursing Across the State (March 2010)

Is There A Nurse In The House? (December 1989)