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  • Hourly Mean Wage: $30.40
  • Annual Mean Wage: $63,230

An idyllic Northeastern state with New England flair, Vermont has long been revered for its natural beauty and easily accessible quiet lifestyle amidst the urban buzz. Residents looking to get away from the skyscrapers and shopping centers can go watch the sun set over the still waters of Lake Champlain or hike along the skirts of the Green Mountains. Vermont also is home to the headquarters and factory of Ben & Jerry's, arguably one of the most beloved American ice cream companies churning out sweet treats today. Yet, even city life in the most populous area – Burlington – is more relaxed than in the big cities of Vermont's neighbors New York and Massachusetts. Burlington had a population of less than 40,000 in 2000, which makes it seem more like a small town than a big city when compared to Boston, which had a population of more than 600,000 people in 2008. This means that for lucky Vermonters, rush hour traffic is nearly non-existent.

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Big industries fueling the Vermont economy are agriculture, particularly in the production of milk, and manufacturing. The computer and technology company IBM also plays a big part in the Green Mountain State's fiscal strength – IBM is Vermont's largest employer. Yet, another steadily growing industry is health care, driven by the increasing number of residents reaching retirement and elderly age. Nurses looking to work in Vermont may have to do a bit more legwork due to the relatively small amount of openings available, but these positions are available throughout the state at large hospitals and private facilities. To become a registered nurse (RN) in Vermont, you must earn a diploma, associate, or bachelor's degree from a nursing program approved by the Vermont Board of Nursing. You can check a program's acceptability by contacting the Board. Afterwards, prospective nurses must also successfully complete the NCLEX-RN examination to gain a nursing license.

School Name:Castleton State College

Address:62 Alumni Dr, Castleton, Vermont 05735

Contact:(802) 468-5611

Website:www.castleton.edu

Type of School:4-year, Public

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

Student-to-faculty Ratio:14 to 1

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School Name:Norwich University

Address:158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, Vermont 05663-1035

Contact:(802) 485-2000

Website:www.norwich.edu

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

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

Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1

School Name:Southern Vermont College

Address:982 Mansion Drive, Bennington, Vermont 05201-6002

Contact:(802) 447-6324

Website:www.svc.edu

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

Programs Offered:Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:14 to 1

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School Name:University of Vermont

Address:85 S Prospect St, Burlington, Vermont 05405-0160

Contact:(802) 656-3131

Website:www.uvm.edu

Type of School:4-year, Public

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

Student-to-faculty Ratio:17 to 1

School Name:Vermont Technical College

Address:1 Main Street, Randolph Center, Vermont 05061-0500

Contact:(802) 728-1000

Website:www.vtc.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:12 to 1

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