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Advanced Studies in Nursing Leadership: Career Outlook

Take on new opportunities with more autonomy and higher salaries.

When you earn your post-Master’s Nursing Leadership Certificate from Utica University, you gain access to new opportunities that expand your career, give you more autonomy, and advance your salary potential.

Utica University’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 52 percent by 2030 and salaries that surpass six figures2.



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.



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.



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: 80,000+ qualified students were turned away from nursing programs in 2019 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
  • Pediatrics Nurse Practitioner

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  1. ZipRecruiter (n.d.). Family Nurse Practitioner Salary in New York. Retrieved September 21, 2023 from–in-New-York.
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (April 18, 2022). Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on September 7, 2022, 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. (May, 2021). 25-1072 Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary. Retrieved on September 7, 2022, from
  6. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (April 18, 2022). Medical and Health Services Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook.Retrieved on September 7, 2022, from
  7. American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (September 2020). Nursing Faculty Shortage – Fact Sheet. Retrieved on September 7, 2022, from