Nursing is a vocational degree that develops your personal skills and a strong sense of professionalism, which are qualities valued by many employers

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

Work experience

Related work experience in a clinical environment is strongly recommended if you want to work in the healthcare sector. As well as increasing your knowledge of the sector, it will allow you to make important contacts.

Volunteering, internships, part-time jobs and student projects can all help to improve key skills which are looked for by employers.

Working as a care worker or healthcare assistant, volunteering in a hospital or any other work experience that involves caring for others is good preparation. Visiting hospitals and talking directly to nurses about the role is also helpful.

Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.

Typical employers

Opportunities can be found with the following employers:

  • the National Health Service (NHS);
  • private sector clinics and hospitals;
  • private sector healthcare providers that have been contracted to provide services to NHS patients;
  • voluntary organisations;
  • local authorities (for work in nursing and residential homes);
  • schools and further and higher education institutions;
  • industry;
  • prisons and the armed forces;
  • private sector organisations such as leisure cruise companies and private nursing homes.

Find information on employers in healthcare, charity and voluntary work, and other job sectors.

Skills for your CV

A degree in nursing gives you a range of professional and technical skills, including the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team and to support and advise patients and their families. You also develop the ability to assess, analyse, monitor and evaluate the care you deliver.

In more general terms, you gain skills and personal qualities sought by employers in a range of sectors. These include:

  • flexibility;
  • adaptability;
  • empathy;
  • organisation and time management;
  • leadership;
  • determination and tenacity;
  • the ability to conduct research;
  • problem-solving and decision-making skills.

Further study

A variety of post-registration courses are available. Graduate nurses can take Masters degrees in subjects such as advanced clinical practice and medical decision-making, as well as various other specialist subjects. Training can also be carried out to become an advanced nurse practitioner.

Some of these options will be offered by your employer as part of your post-registration education and practice (PREP) requirement. Some training may be offered through study days. Healthcare is constantly developing, and practising nurses need to keep up with technology, current issues and the changing needs of the population through ongoing training.

For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search postgraduate courses.

What do nursing graduates do?

Nursing is a vocational degree and the statistics reflect this with over 90% of graduates being in paid employment six months after graduation.

The majority of nursing graduates (86%) employed in the UK are working as nurses. A further 9% are midwives.

DestinationPercentage
Employed93.3
Further study1.5
Working and studying2.5
Unemployed0.9
Other1.8
Graduate destinations for nursing
Type of workPercentage
Health professionals97.1
Childcare, health and education work0.7
Legal, social and welfare0.5
Managers0.5
Other1.2
Types of work entered in the UK

Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?

Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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