According to a recent WalletHub study, Washington is the third best state in the country for those in the nursing profession. The study took into account 21 different factors, including monthly average starting salary, average annual salary, healthcare facilities per capita, quality of nursing schools, job openings, job competition, mandatory overtime restrictions, average number of work hours, and average time spent commuting.

Maine and Montana are ranked first and second, respectively, in WalletHub’s study. Washington’s neighbors, Oregon and Idaho, are ranked 9th and 22nd, respectively.

Nationwide, nurses make an average of $68,450 per year and have an unemployment rate of 1.2 percent. In the next ten years, over 400,000 nursing jobs are expected to be added.

Universities in the South Sound that offer nursing degrees include the University of Washington Tacoma, Saint Martin’s University, and Pacific Lutheran University.