Advanced Studies in Family Nurse Practitioner: Career Outlook

Take on new opportunities with more autonomy and higher salaries.

When you earn your CCNE- accredited post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Utica College, you gain access to new opportunities that expand your career, give you more autonomy, and advance your salary potential.

  • Family Nurse Practitioners earn an average salary of $105,928 and can expect 31% job growth by 20261,2
  • As of 2016, 22 states and Washington, D.C., allow nurse practitioners to practice without physician oversight3
  • 47% of Nurse Directors earn $120,000–$159,000 annually4
  • Nurse Educators earn an average of $77,360 annually and are urgently needed to fill the 7.9% vacancy rate due to lack of qualified candidates5

Utica College's three online master's degrees and post-Master's certificates in nursing empower you to take advanced nursing roles in family practice, leadership, and education—roles with a projected growth rate of up to 31 percent by 2016 and salaries that surpass six figures2.

Family Nurse Practitioner


As a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)1, you test, diagnose, treat, and create preventive health care plans for patients throughout their lives. You also create health care policies at the local, state, or government levels. Family Nurse Practitioners are often relied on as the first provider of care for common family health problems and in some states, can practice without physician supervision and operate their own practice.

Nursing Leader


As a Nursing Leader6—such as a senior manager or executive—you would improve outcomes and maintain a standard of excellence for a larger population of patients and health care professionals. You would ensure your organization adheres to changes in health care laws, technologies, and regulations—and you'd be rewarded with career longevity, an excellent salary, and the ability to impact health care at a systemic level.

Nurse Educator


As a Nurse Educator5, you would prepare the next generation for nursing excellence. There are currently more potential nursing students than nurses who can teach them: 64,000+ qualified students were turned away from nursing programs in 2016 due to insufficient faculty, among other reasons7. This shortage is felt across industries, including psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals, colleges and universities, and general surgical hospitals.

Additional roles:

  • Clinical Nurse Manager
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nursing Manager
  • Director of Nursing
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatrics Nurse Practitioner

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          Key Skills Employers Need

          • Analyze, design, implement, and evaluate nursing care.

          • Demonstrate leadership when you initiate, maintain, and exhibit skills in care coordination, delegation, and conflict resolution strategies.

          • Promote safe, high-quality care through your ability to monitor, analyze, and prioritize outcomes that need to be improved for individuals, families, communities, and clinical populations.

          • Use critical reflection to translate evidence and integrate scholarship into advanced nursing practice.

          • Incorporate current technologies to deliver and coordinate care across multiple settings.

          • Promote health, help shape the health-delivery system, and advance values like social justice through policy processes and advocacy.

          • Actively collaborate with other health professionals to improve care across systems.

          • Design and ensure the delivery of clinical prevention interventions and population-based care that promotes health, reduces the risk of chronic illness, and prevents disease.

          • Facilitate commitment to a culture of nursing excellence through lifelong personal and professional development.

          • Integrate the arts and sciences, including leadership and ethical principles, with nursing science as a foundation for decision-making within diverse situations, settings, and communities resulting in safe patient care, quality outcomes, and health promotion.

          • Use critical reflection, innovation, and inter-professional collaboration to promote lifelong learning and continual improvement, integrate current evidence, and inform policy.

          • Incorporate current technologies to augment professional practice and scholarship.

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          1 Morr, M., Stong, C. (n.d.) 2017 nurse practitioner and physician assistant salary survey. Clinical Advisor. Retrieved on May 20, 2019, from
          2 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (April 12, 2019). Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on May 20, 2019, from
          3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). STATE LAW FACT SHEET: A SUMMARY OF NURSE PRACTITIONER SCOPE OF PRACTICE LAWS, IN EFFECT APRIL 2016. Retrieved on April 13, 2021, from
          4 Dydra, L. (November 11, 2016). 36 statistics on nurse leader salary and bonuses. Becker's Hospital Review. Retrieved on May 20, 2019, from
          5 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (March 29, 2019). 25-1072 Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary. Retrieved on May 20, 2019, from
          6 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (April 12, 2019). Medical and Health Services Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook.Retrieved on May 20, 2019, from
          7 American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (April 2019). Nursing Faculty Shortage – Fact Sheet. Retrieved on May 20, 2019, from