Licensed Practical Nurses

Employment for LPNs is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Job opportunities will be strongest at the following employers: home health care services (+43 percent through 2022); outpatient, laboratory, and other ambulatory care services (+42 percent); specialty state, local, and private hospitals-except psychiatric and substance abuse (+39 percent); nursing and residential care facilities (+33 percent);and continuing care retirement communities and assisted living facilities for the elderly (+29 percent). Due to advanced medical technology, people are living longer, though many will require medical assistance. The Administration on Aging reports that in 2009, the senior population (those 65 and over) was approximately 39.6 million. This figure is expected to rise steadily and the number of seniors living in 2030 will be approximately 72.1 million. Private medical practices will also be excellent job sources because many medical procedures are now being performed on an outpatient basis in doctors' offices. Employment for LPNs who work in the offices of health practitioners is expected to increase by 30 percent through 2022. There will be many jobs in rural areas, where there is a shortage of LPNs and other health care professionals.


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