Job prospects Registered Nurse (R.N.) in New Brunswick

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "registered nurse (R.N.)" was moved from the group Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012) to the group Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 31301).

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "registered nurse (R.N.)" in New Brunswick or Canada.

Job opportunities in New Brunswick

Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.

registered nurse (R.N.)
Prospects over the next 3 years
Very good

The employment outlook will be very good for Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012) in New Brunswick for the 2022-2024 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Increased demand for health care services associated with an aging population is expected to be among the primary drivers of employment growth in this occupation. Nursing shortages have been an ongoing issue throughout the province, meaning that new graduates should have little trouble finding employment. However, opportunities may be more abundant in rural areas, particularly in francophone regions of the province. Being fluent in both official languages could increase one’s chances of finding employment in certain areas. Hospitals often recruit directly from colleges.

Here are some key facts about Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses in New Brunswick:

  • Approximately 7,850 people work in this occupation.
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 73%
    • Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 11%
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 10%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 78% compared to 83% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 22% compared to 17% for all occupations
  • 74% of registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses work all year, while 26% work only part of the year, compared to 60% and 40% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 32 weeks compared to 29 weeks for all occupations.
  • less than 5% of registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses are self-employed compared to an average of 8% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 6% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 94% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: less than 5% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: less than 5% compared to 30% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: less than 5% compared to 9% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 36% compared to 27% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 56% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 6% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

Labour Market Information Survey
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