I agree what others have mentioned previously! (I used Indeed.com for the averages). Yea..I want to help people, but I also want my kids to be able to go to the best schools, live in a nice neighborhood and enjoy nice things in life. A career in nursing starts out with a bachelor’s degree, an associate degree or a diploma. Your current experience will do you well and it's much less stressful and family friendly than nursing or children social work. A diploma program is administered by hospitals and takes 3 years, but there are few hospitals that offer this course. The Average for Social Work is 50 thousand dollars a year, were as for Nursing its around 70 thousand dollars a year. Since 1997, allnurses is trusted by nurses around the globe. Our members represent more than 60 professional nursing specialties. The higher your educational achievements, the more room for advancement there will be, and the outlook for employment for those wishing to enter the world of nursing is good.