Registered Nurses

risk level
Based on 960 votes
by 2031
or $39.04 hourly
as of 2022

Automation risk

10% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Social Perceptiveness

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Originality

User poll

22% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that there is a small chance this occupation will be replaced. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 10% chance of automation.

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Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Registered Nurses' job openings is expected to rise 6.2% by 2031

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Registered Nurses' was $81,220, or $39.04 per hour

'Registered Nurses' were paid 75.4% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 3,072,700 people employed as Registered Nurses within the United States.

This represents around 2.08% of the employed workforce across the country.

Put another way, around 1 in 48 people are employed as Registered Nurses.

Job description

Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.

SOC Code: 29-1141.00


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Emilee (Could go either way) says
Nursing is very task-oriented, so at least part of the job could probably someday be taken over by robots.
Jun 17, 2021 at 04:11 AM
phil (No chance) says
Critical thinking and on the moment action in response to patient changes.
Apr 10, 2021 at 03:24 AM
Anon (No chance) says
my boyfriend is a nurse and nobody not even a robot does it better than him
Dec 12, 2020 at 12:53 AM
MBChB (No chance) says
You can't automate empathy. Health & Medicine in general should be safe!
Jun 11, 2020 at 12:03 AM
jessie (No chance) says
my mum is a nurse
Mar 20, 2020 at 01:29 PM
_a_random_guy_on_the_internet_ says
I highly doubt that nurses and other medical professionals would be taken over by robots, it requires a human touch as no robot ever will be able to see what a human sees
Mar 09, 2020 at 05:18 PM
Lisa Browne says
There is just no way nursing will ever be replaced by AI. supplemented maybe. But replaced no
Feb 21, 2020 at 05:08 PM
Francisco says
That's right baby.... It's too bad there's a dearth of actual humans who actually give a damn about other people though
Feb 01, 2020 at 06:03 PM
TJ (Small chance) says
Some tasks of nursing are being automated, but the overall profession is safe for the moment.
Dec 14, 2019 at 04:47 AM
YT (No chance) says
this requires human touch. not robots. Especially those in the home care & old folks home.
Oct 08, 2019 at 03:31 AM
Sierra Iwanow (Small chance) says
Nurses are there to help people where as robots can’t give you advice and reall support then and there like humans and people can.
Aug 26, 2019 at 06:52 AM
JRG, RN (Could go either way) says
I can see the day when a patient sticks an arm into a sleeve, an IV is automatically inserted, medicines dispensed, vital signs taken, and oral meds will pop out of a closed tray. Etc.
Aug 14, 2019 at 02:50 AM
Shanna (No chance) says
Wow!! I suppose that's a cost effective approach. However, the documentation requirements would need human oversite to assess how procedure was tolerated, pt. Teaching/understanding.
May 14, 2020 at 11:16 PM
Simone says
That's only a small part of what nurses are currently responsible for. Nurses and engineers will be the last jobs to be automated, if ever. They will become very high tech jobs in the future, due to their multidimensional and dynamic nature. If you want to be a nurse or work in the healthcare industry go for it! Your job will be forever safe and in demand, not to mention the positive influence it'll have in your personal life!
Jul 09, 2020 at 08:01 AM
Joey says
Will ai be a threat to my life?
May 01, 2019 at 05:46 PM
Magic 8-Ball says
Signs point to yes.
Aug 13, 2019 at 03:04 PM
Genysis (Small chance) says
They will definitely kill you.
Jul 05, 2020 at 07:33 AM

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