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Career opportunities for online MSN graduates


You’re ready to engage with your patients and provide a deeper level of care. Whether it’s increased decision-making authority, enhanced nursing skills and specialization, or higher earning potential, you’re courageously seeking that next step. With Maryville Online, you can prepare to pursue leadership roles in a field that is both in high demand and personally rewarding.


Though earning your MSN doesn’t guarantee nursing employment, your degree can help you position yourself for leadership or qualify for roles like the ones listed below.

Understanding your career options with an online MSN degree

Gain autonomy and increase your earning potential as a nurse practitioner. Often the next step for RNs, the advanced coursework in an MSN degree helps equip nurse practitioners with the skills to make diagnoses, prescribe medication, and develop patient treatment plans. Explore what you can do with an MSN.

As an APRN, you’ll be able to pursue focused certifications to launch a career as a nurse specialist, RN anesthetist, nurse midwife, or nurse practitioner. You’ll be trained to diagnose, treat, and educate patients.


Qualify to work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Surgery centers
  • Private practice


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Discover   How to Become an APRN

Clinical research specialists, also called medical scientists, develop new medicines and treatments, as well as advance our understanding of how treatments impact illness and diseases.


Qualify to work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Laboratories
  • Offices


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DiscoveHow to Become a Clinical Research Specialist

Nursing supervisors, a type of medical and health service manager, provide expert guidance and oversight to ensure that each member of their team understands clinical tasks and responsibilities.


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Nursing supervisors add critical leadership wherever teams of nurses are employed. Learn more about the Role of Nurse  Managers and Nurse Leaders.


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Discover How to Become a Nursing Supervisor

Aesthetic nurses are trained to address patients’ aesthetic health issues and administer in-office, noninvasive cosmetic treatments.


Qualify to work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Plastic surgeon offices
  • Clinics
  • Medical spas
  • Hospitals


Median salary:
$85,621 †


Learn More: Becoming an Aesthetic Nurse: Specializations in Cosmetic Nursing

Infection control nurses play a critical role in identifying, mitigating, and preventing infectious diseases, viruses, and bacteria in hospitals and healthcare facilities.


Qualify to work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare facilities


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Learn More: What Is an Infection Control Nurse

Forensic nurses treat patients who’ve been victims of violence and trauma, including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, elder abuse, and human trafficking.


Qualify to work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Correctional health centers
  • Medical examiners’ and coroners’ offices


Median salary:
$65,047 †


Discover How to Become a Forensic Nurse

It’s never been a better time to advance your career in  nursing

Healthcare and social assistance are expected to create more jobs than any other industries by 2030 — about 3.3 million*

Nurse  practitioner  is ranked No. 3 in Best Jobs by  U.S.  News  & World  Report

5 nurse practitioner specializations

The nurse practitioner field offers a vast array of specializations, which impact the scope of your work as well as your earning potential. As you develop your area of expertise, you can choose whether you want to assist in performing surgeries or focus on clinical and front-facing patient engagement. You can also tailor your skill set toward particular communities, such as children or the elderly.

As of 2020, the median annual income for nurse practitioners was $114,510, with the highest-paying industry — community food and housing, and emergency and other relief services — offering a mean salary of $143,480.* Regardless of your career path, nurse practitioner specializations each offer meaningful opportunities and strong earning potential.


* Salary information based on data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

** Salary information based on data compiled by

† Salary information based on data compiled by ZipRecruiter

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