Opportunities for advanced education for occupational health nurses were investigated in relation to worker interest, employer support, and barriers to entering academic programs. A questionnaire was developed concerning educational and experiential background, employment, interest and preferences regarding master's programs in occupational health nursing, employer education assistance, and perceived barriers to entering advanced degree programs. Of 400 occupational health nurses in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan who received the questionnaire, 204 nurses completed and returned it. The mean length of occupational health nursing among the respondees was 12.3 years. The majority of the respondents indicated a need for a master's program in occupational health nursing in the region, and a significant correlation was established between the perceived need for advanced programs and those nurses who planned to attend such a program in the future. A total of 43.6 percent of the respondents indicated a desire for advanced education, approximately 42 percent were not interested, and 14.5 percent either had advanced degrees or identified specific personal barriers to further education. Full tuition and partial tuition benefits were offered by approximately 40 and 37 percent of the employers, respectively. Specific educational preferences among the nurses included preparation for administrative positions and part time schooling options. The most frequently identified barrier to education was the need to maintain income and fringe benefits. Other perceived barriers included distance from educational institution, need to maintain seniority, lack of necessary credentials or prerequisites, family responsibilities, scheduling conflicts, and cost.