According to a report from The Atlantic, more men are becoming nurses than ever before.
As the number of manufacturing jobs dwindles in parts of the country, many men are switching careers – and there is a great need for nurses. While only 10% of registered nurses are men, that number is bound to increase as more men enter the health care profession.
But it can often be a challenge for those without the right educational background unless they decide to go back to school. And some nursing specialties do not pay as well as the jobs they left behind.
But the rate of male nurses being licensed is going up. Whereas before 2000 that percentage was 6.2%, after 2000 it has risen to 9.6%.
There are many factors playing into that increase, but flexibility and job security rank highly for many men, including Kody Miller, a young nursing student:
I don’t want to be crawling in crawl spaces and rolling around in insulation and stuff my whole life. You’re always going to have a job in health care, and you can work whenever you want.