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   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  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.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 50.3034.8241.81 48.5257.9167.76
Alaska 58.2937.1147.62 58.6570.4077.57
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 53.6433.2841.09 51.2362.4175.64
Fairbanks North Star Borough 53.3043.5349.70 54.3258.9661.74
Southeast Region 64.6044.0849.83 62.9173.3482.22
Balance of State 63.5051.1358.41 67.8074.5378.57

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
37776 20.256.2 44.4
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation46
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation32
UI claimants previously working in occupation3
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 22
Number of job position postings 18
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 1.2

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

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Family Nurse Practitioner GCRT
Family Nurse Practitioner PGCT
Nursing Practice PHD

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Nursing Across the State (March 2010)