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Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Occupational Outlook Handbook


Summary

Quick Facts: Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
2018 Median Pay $46,240 per year 
$22.23 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Postsecondary nondegree award
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2016 724,500
Job Outlook, 2016-26 12% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2016-26 88,900

What Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Do

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) provide basic nursing care. They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors.

Work Environment

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses work in many settings, including nursing homes and extended care facilities, hospitals, physicians’ offices, and private homes. Most work full time.

How to Become a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses must complete a state-approved educational program, which typically takes about 1 year to complete. They must be licensed.

Pay

The median annual wage for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses was $46,240 in May 2018.

Job Outlook

Employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase. LPNs and LVNs will be needed in residential care facilities and in home health environments to care for older patients.

State & Area Data

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More Information, Including Links to O*NET

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Learn more from the Bureau of Labor Statistics about What They Do      Work Environoment     How to Become One    Pay    Job Outlook    State & Area Data   Similar Occupations

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