"It seems like I have been reading a lot of blog posts that continue to quote the Bureau of Labor Statistics report from 2012, stating that between 2010-2020, the RN workforce is estimated to be the top occupation in terms of job growth. The report estimates the number of RN jobs increasing over 700,000. But most of my friends who are currently looking for a position as an RN are having a lot of trouble getting anything. There is a ton of competition.
So I'm curious...are these Bureau of Labor stats accurate in your area?"
That may all be true. But, there are a few things to consider:
The growth of jobs is projected for a 10 year period. As nurses continue to age, get sick, retire, or die spots will open up. The population is aging and will need more care in the next decade. However, right now, a whole bunch of schools
are making money cranking out a whole bunch of new grads every year. Currently the market can't support the influx of new grads, creating a backup in most markets.
I think this will reverse in the next few years, but that doesn't make it any easier for those currently caught up in the logjam of unemployed graduate nurses.