Career Options

Careers for Nursing Majors

  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Medical-surgical Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Emergency Room Nurse
  • Mental Health Care Nurse
  • Military Nurse
  • School Nurse
  • Missionary Nurse
  • Oncology Nurse
  • Geriatric Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Obstetrical Nurse

Starting Salary1

A nursing major's typical starting hourly rate is $22.22. The typical rate after 10–19 years is $30.69.

Job Titles Held by Former Nursing Majors

  • Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer, Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Director for Research, Quality Assurance, Program Evaluation and Surveillance for the Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Arlington, Virginia
  • Registered Nurse, Ft. Madison Community Hospital
  • Nurse Practitioner and Acupuncturist, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians
  • Advanced Practice Nurse in Critical Care, University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Siemens Medical Solutions, Malvern, Pennsylvania

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.


  1. Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit
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