Nurse practitioners: With advanced training, NPs qualified to provide, coordinate patient care
"According to the AANP, nurse practitioners are qualified to:
1. Prescribe medications and other treatments.
2. Order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x-rays.
3. Diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, infections, and injuries.
4. Manage patients' overall care.
5. Counsel and educate patients on disease prevention and positive health and lifestyle choices.
Education: After earning R.N. credentials, nurse practitioners must complete a master's or doctoral degree. They must also have advanced clinical training and a license to practice in their respective state.
Salary: The average pay for a nurse practitioner was $96,460 in 2012, according to the Department of Labor.
Job outlook: Employment of nurse practitioners is expected to grow 31 percent through 2022. Growth will occur primarily because of the effects of federal health-care legislation, an increased emphasis on preventative care and demand from the aging baby-boomer population, according to the DOL."