Employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much 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.
A number of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity, have become more prevalent in recent years. LPNs and LVNs will be needed to assist and care for patients with chronic conditions in skilled nursing and other extended care facilities. In addition, many procedures that once could be done only in hospitals are now being done outside of hospitals, creating demand in other settings, such as outpatient care centers.
The number of individuals who have access to health insurance is expected to continue to increase because of federal health insurance reform. LPNs will be needed, particularly in ambulatory care settings, to care for the newly insured who seek primary and preventative care services.
High emotional and physical demands may cause workers to leave the occupation, creating potential job openings. Job prospects should be favorable for LPNs and LVNs who are willing to work in rural and medically underserved areas.
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
Health technologists and technicians
Total, all occupations
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program