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    Data: Percentage of men in nursing continues to grow

    A new U.S. Census Bureau study released this week reports that although the nursing profession remains overwhelmingly female, the representation of men has increased as the demand for nurses has grown over the last several decades.

    The new study, Men in Nursing Occupations, shows the proportion of male registered nurses has more than tripled since 1970, from 2.7 percent to 9.6 percent, and the proportion of male licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses has more than doubled from 3.9 percent to 8.1 percent.

    The report includes data from the 2011 American Community Survey to analyze the percentage of men in each of the detailed nursing occupations: registered nurse, nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, licensed practical, and licensed vocational nurse.

    Also, the study provides estimates on a wide range of characteristics of both male and female nurses including employment status, age, race, educational attainment, work hours, and median earnings. Study results also show that men typically earn more than women in nursing fields, but not by as much as they do across some other occupations.

    Women working as nurses full-time, annually earned 91 cents for every dollar male nurses earned; in contrast, women earned 77 cents to the dollar men earned across all occupations.

    Study results indicated very low unemployment rates among nurses, the lowest found among nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists (about 0.8 percent for both). For registered nurses and licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, the rates were 1.8 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively.

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