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)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 5,4766,617 20.8173 131418
United States 2,955,2003,393,200 14.890,900 69,000203,710

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 37.2425.0428.90 35.2443.6453.47
Alaska 43.5129.3635.00 43.5452.3558.85
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 42.7227.5233.77 43.1753.1658.84
Fairbanks North Star Borough 40.9431.6835.14 40.6746.8050.61
Balance of State 47.6434.1439.44 45.7653.4860.80

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
6,4601,169 18.147.4 37.5
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation441
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation218
UI claimants previously working in occupation107
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 412
Number of job position postings 350
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 1.2

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

Alaska Pacific University   (Anchorage)

Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens

Charter College, Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
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

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Bloodborne Pathogens / 045

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

TSS - The Safety Specialists   (Ketchikan)
Bloodborne Pathogens

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Family Nurse Practitioner GCRT
Family Nurse Practitioner PGCT
Nursing AAS
Nursing Practice PHD
Nursing Science BS
Nursing Science MS

University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Nursing CT1
Nursing Science AA

University of Alaska Southeast, Ketchikan   (Ketchikan)
Nursing CT1
Nursing Science AA

University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka   (Sitka)
Nursing CT1
Nursing Science AA

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Nursing Across the State (March 2010)

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