Availability and Benefits of LPN Jobs

People looking to get started in a new career may want to consider becoming a nurse. There are a number of ways to go about this, including undergoing the short training period to become a certified nursing assistant and then continuing your education while working until completing the one-year certificate program to become a licensed practical nurse. Before being eligible for LPN jobs, people need to pass a licensing exam.

Job Outlook

As of 2014, there were 719,900 LPN positions available in the U.S. This is expected to increase by another 117,300 by 2014, which is a 16 percent growth rate. The increase in jobs will be partly due to the aging baby boomer population and their healthcare needs, so some of these jobs will be in residential care facilities or working in people’s homes rather than just working in doctor’s offices and hospitals. About 38 percent of LPNs work in nursing homes and residential care facilities, with another 17 percent working in hospitals. There are the most jobs for LPNs in Texas, California, New York, Florida, and Ohio, and the fewest jobs in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Alaska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico.

Salary Expectations

The average yearly salary for an LPN was just over $44,000 per year as of May 2016, with the top 10 percent of LPNs earning more than $60,000 per year. Those working in a government facility, residential care facilities, or nursing homes tend to earn more than those who work in doctor’s offices or hospitals. LPNs tend to make the highest salaries in Connecticut, Rhode Island, D.C., Massachusetts, and Alaska.

Other Similar Jobs

If an LPN career isn’t for you, consider a career as an occupational therapy assistant, a physical therapy assistant, a surgical technologist, or a psychiatric technician. Of these occupations, occupational therapy assistants make the most money at about $56,070 per year. Psychiatric technicians make the least at just $28,670 per year. Those who’d like to further their nursing career may want to study to become registered nurses, which increases salary expectations to an average of more than $68,000 per year. This career requires a bachelor’s degree and more responsibility.