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  • Employment: 16,100
  • Hourly Mean Wage: $35.07
  • Annual Mean Wage: $72,940

Perhaps the most iconic thing about Nevada is the neon mecca known as Las Vegas. The destination of many wild weekends, spring break trips, and shotgun weddings, Las Vegas brings in droves of tourists each year to scope out the live shows, street theatrics, flashing neon lights, and of course, the gambling and partying venues. However, the state offers much more than just legions of Elvis impersonators. It is also home to the scenic Mojave Desert, which boasts a wide assortment of plant and animal life found primarily in that area, such as the ever-present Joshua tree. In addition, the pristine Lake Tahoe straddles the border between Nevada and California, making the Silver State a popular destination even for those uninterested in the fast-paced fun of Las Vegas.

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Tourism is the biggest industry in Nevada for obvious reasons. After all, with destinations like Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, and Reno within the state borders, the stream of visitors dropping in every year is nearly nonstop. Employment in Nevada is tenuous, however, and April 2010, the unemployment rate was an astonishing 13.7%. Yet, certain industries, including healthcare, are still holding steady. Employment opportunities for nurses working in the Sagebrush State are mainly found in the Las Vegas area. In fact, this metropolitan swatch of land employs approximately 71.9% of all the registered nurses in the state. In order to be a registered nurse (RN) in Nevada, you must obtain a diploma, associate, or bachelor's degree from an accredited nursing program. Then, you must also successfully complete the NCLEX-RN examination to obtain a nursing license before you can legally practice. Also, to gain licensure, prospective nurses must provide the Nevada State Board of Nursing with two completed fingerprint cards so that the Board can verify that you do not have a criminal record.

School Name: College of Southern Nevada

Address: 6375 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89146-1164

Contact: (702) 651-5000

Website: www.csn.edu

Type of School: 4-year, primarily associate's, Public

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 24 to 1

School Name: Great Basin College

Address: 1500 College Pky, Elko, Nevada 89801

Contact: (775) 738-8493

Website: www.gbcnv.edu

Type of School: 4-year, primarily associate's, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1

School Name: Nevada State College

Address: 1125 Nevada State Drive, Henderson, Nevada 89002

Contact: (702) 992-2000

Website: nsc.nevada.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1

School Name: Truckee Meadows Community College

Address: 7000 Dandini Blvd, Reno, Nevada 89512-3999

Contact: (775) 673-7000

Website: www.tmcc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 22 to 1

School Name: University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Address: 4505 S Maryland Pky, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154

Contact: (702) 895-3011

Website: www.unlv.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 21 to 1

School Name: University of Nevada-Reno

Address: Reno, Nevada 89557

Contact: (775) 784-1110

Website: www.unr.edu/home/

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 20 to 1

School Name: University of Southern Nevada

Address: 11 Sunset Way, Henderson, Nevada 89014

Contact: (702) 990-4433

Website: www.usn.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Other degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 6 to 1

School Name: Western Nevada College

Address: 2201 West College Parkway, Carson City, Nevada 89703-7399

Contact: (775) 445-3000

Website: www.wnc.edu

Type of School: 4-year, primarily associate's, Public

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1

Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes/