Nurse Practitioners (29-1171)

Occupation description:  Diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. May focus on health promotion and disease prevention. May order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x rays. May prescribe medication. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 285339 18.95 713
United States 126,900171,700 35.24,470 2,9907,470

Job outlook

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


2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 48.6833.9140.80 47.2156.2665.30
Alaska 56.2937.9245.69 55.3166.6474.50
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 54.8938.2943.54 52.9264.1372.45
Southeast Region 62.4041.0545.77 55.6370.87*
Balance of State 56.7833.8250.81 58.0469.2075.66

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.


Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
33957 16.860.2 47.8
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation41
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation31
UI claimants previously working in occupation8
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 12
Number of job position postings 29
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 0.4

Alaska Licensing Information


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

Education: Master's degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Family Nurse Practitioner Lic

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Nursing Across the State (March 2010)