Becoming a nurse can be a complicated process, particularly when it comes to determining the necessary degrees, examinations and licensure. Do you need a Master's in Nursing to become a Nurse Practitioner? Should you take the NCLEX-RN or the NCLEX-PN? What licensure is required to become a midwife?

In order to answer a few of these questions and help aspiring nurses better understand their professional opportunities, we've simplified our state-by-state guide to nursing licensure into the handy infographic of the various nursing career pathways below.

span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">Follow the general nursing career pathways to find out more about the requirements and rewards associated with top nursing careers. But please keep in mind that, because each state has its own regulatory board for licensing nurses, it's important to learn your particular state's requirements for nursing licensure.

About the Author: Nursing License Map provides current and prospective nurses with a wealth of information on licensing requirements, education and salary information for all 50 states. The site is a free resource designed to help nurses across the country to advance their careers and find the information necessary to do so.