Employment of LPNs is projected to grow
much faster than average.
Overall job prospects are expected to be
very good, but job outlook
varies by industry. The best job opportunities will occur in nursing care
facilities and home healthcare services.
Employment change. Employment of LPNs is
expected to grow by 21 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the
average for all occupations, in response to the long-term care needs of an
increasing elderly population and the general increase in demand for healthcare
Demand for LPNs will be driven by the increase in the share of the older
population. Older persons have an increased incidence of injury and illness,
which will increase their demand for healthcare services. In addition, with
better medical technology, people are living longer, increasing the demand for
long-term healthcare. Job growth will occur over all healthcare settings but
especially those that service the geriatric population like nursing care
facilities, community care facilities, and home healthcare services.
In order to contain healthcare costs, many procedures once performed only in
hospitals are being performed in physicians' offices and in outpatient care
centers, largely because of advances in technology. As a result, the number of
LPNs should increase faster in these facilities than in hospitals. Nevertheless,
hospitals will continue to demand the services of LPNs and will remain one of
the largest employers of these workers.
Job prospects. In addition to projected
job growth, job openings will result from replacement needs, as many workers
leave the occupation permanently. Very good job opportunities are expected.
Rapid employment growth is projected in most healthcare industries, with the
best job opportunities occurring in nursing care facilities and in home
healthcare services. There is a perceived inadequacy of available healthcare in
many rural areas, so LPNs willing to locate in rural areas should have good job
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
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