The job market for nursing is rapidly growing. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, only 10.6% of all registered nurses are under the age of 30 with the average age currently at 46 years old. What’s more, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), projected registered nursing as the top occupation in terms of the largest job growth. While earning a college degree is a really big accomplishment, it is also a very big commitment to pay for it. The income earned in the first year out of school is a key factor in paying off college loans and launching careers.