If you’re considering enrolling in a Family Nurse Practitioner program, your path to that goal is through a bachelor’s degree. Family Nurse Practitioners hold a Master of Science degree. They act as primary care providers, diagnosing illnesses, conducting physical exams, and prescribing medications. FNPs are quickly becoming autonomous healthcare providers and are gaining a reputation for high quality family care.
The demand for Family Nurse Practitioner is growing, and job satisfaction and earning power are high. FNPs focus on preventative care in a family setting. They have a higher level of responsibility and have a direct impact on their patient’s lives.
FNP career choices range from midwifery to geriatric treatment and a variety of specialties—oncology, nephrology, psychology, and many others. Salary ranges begin at about $60,000 per year, for Nurse Advocate staff positions, to over $150,000 for a nurse anesthetist.
The following is a summary of the top 7 jobs, ranked by highest earnings. The summary also includes predicted job growth potential percentage (JGP %) through the year 2022, followed by a brief description of typical duties and experience required.
1. Nurse Anesthetist (Yearly Salary range $154,300, JGP 22%)
These FNPs provide care to patients undergoing surgery. They administer anesthesia, and manage patient care in the OR. Significantly, these FNPs provide follow-up care for outpatients who are already part of the FNP’s family practice.
The specialty requires two years’ experience, MSN studies in anesthesia, and experience in acute care clinics and treatment centers.
2. Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (Yearly Salary Range $105,325, JGP 17%)
As a family nurse practitioner, during the course of providing prenatal care, the FNP may need to work with a neonatal nurse practitioner. A neonatal nurse practitioner specializes in intensive care for premature babies, who usually have health problems.
This specialty requires a recognized national certification along with recognition by the State Board of Nursing.
3. Dialysis or Nephrology Nurse Practitioner (Yearly Salary Range $88,000-$100,000, JGP 19%)
These FNPs deal with patients who develop kidney problems. Those patients could require regular dialysis and monitoring. Dialysis nurses provide the specialized and skilled treatment to help patients with chronic kidney disorders.
This specialty requires at least an FNP degree, and some states require a doctoral degree. To become a Certified Nephrology Nurse, the FNP must have at least 2,000 hours of work experience in treating nephrology patients.
4. Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Yearly Salary Range $97,000, JGP 22%)
FNPs who enjoy working with parents and children can do so throughout generations as the family grows. The pediatric nurse practitioner will work with children in a clinical or intensive care environment and provide specialized levels of care.
Pediatric nurse practitioners must be FNPs and complete coursework in physiology, primary care, pharmacology, health assessment, and ethics. They also require certification by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.
5. Nurse Midwifery/Family Nurse Practitioner (Yearly Salary Range $97,000, JGP 31%)
Note: This career path has the highest potential for job growth through 2022.
This FNP is an advanced practice registered nurse providing care for expectant mothers. Nurse midwives can help with the actual birth, but they also work with mothers before, during, and after the delivery, with the goal of providing the best ongoing care for the mother and child.
After several years as an FNP, midwives can earn a Master of Science degree in nurse midwifery.
6. Chronic Pain Nurse Practitioner (Yearly Salary Range $91,450, JGP 26%)
An FNP credentialed in chronic pain management can play a vital role in improving the quality of life for their patients. As the FNP builds a trusting relationship with the patient, pain control and management becomes an important factor in the patient’s treatment plan.
Chronic Pain Nurse Practitioners must be certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
7. Nurse Researcher (Yearly Salary range $90,000, JGP 26%)
This specialty exemplifies how an FNP can be employed in a variety of healthcare settings besides working with patients. Among other duties, nurse researchers perform clinical studies for a variety of medical organizations and research groups. They do the research to write proposals for grants, do the grant maintenance and the write the reports.
Nurse researchers have a solid educational background in nursing. That background is typically a result of their experience and education.
With an average job growth of slightly over 21% through the year 2020, and a median salary of $89,839 a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner is a great choice.