Licensed Practical Nurses

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), a specialty of the nursing profession, are sometimes called licensed vocational nurses. LPNs are trained to assist in the care and treatment of patients. They may assist registered nurses and physicians or work under various other circumstances. They perform many of the general duties of nursing and may be responsible for some clerical duties. LPNs work in hospitals, public health agencies, nursing homes, or in home health. Approximately 753,600 licensed practical nurses are employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required



Health Service Administrator

  • $0
  • 25
  • 50
  • 75
  • 100
  • 100+
Yearly Salary Range (US$ Thousands)