SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Nursing is now the most sought after profession in Sacramento according to a research group called The Conference Board.

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The groups says hospitals like Kaiser and Sutter Health are hiring more than any other businesses.

 But so many students want to get into nursing school right now, it may take up to 5 years to get in the door.

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“The demand is still huge and unfortunately with state budgets, public schools are not able to meet the demand,” said Anette Smith-Dohring, Sutter Center for Health Professions.

“I’ve written letters of recommendation for students who are exceptional students and it still takes them years sometimes to get in,” said Sheridan Myamoto, Registered Nurse and Student.

There isn’t enough state funding to hire more teachers, so only about one in five students get in each semester.

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After nursing, the most job postings in Sacramento are in retail sales.  There are about half as many postings for sales as there are for nursing jobs.