As the largest healthcare occupation, registered nurses held about 2.7 million jobs in 2015. The industries that employed the most registered nurses in 2012 were as follows:
- Hospitals (61 percent)
- Nursing and residential care facilities (7 percent)
- Offices of physicians (7 percent)
- Home health care services (6 percent)
- Government (6 percent)
Employment opportunities are expected to increase by approximately 16 percent from 2014 through 2024.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 edition, Registered Nurses.