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Registered Nurse
Description: Registered nurses provide patient care, educate patients and the public, administer medicines and treatments, and are familiar with a broad range of diagnoses.

Knowledge Required: Registered nurses have knowledge of anatomy, physiology, microbiology, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences. They perform administrate duties, research, and consulting.

Skills: Critical-thinking, compassion, attention to detail, organization, physical stamina, communication

Career Path: There are many paths one can take to become a registered nurse; many obtain a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing, an associate’s degree in nursing, or a diploma from an approved nursing program.

Best Cities for this job: California has many of the top cities for nursing jobs, including Oakland, Fremont, and Hayward.

Median Annual Income: National: $66,470 CA: $66,106

Future Growth: Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations

From the field: “I just didn’t really like high school that much, I didn’t really attend a lot of classes, [I] almost didn’t graduate.” – Keith Koga

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