Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $17.67/hr
Median: $20.68/hr
Experienced: $23.20/hr

Current Employment
3,125 (2019)

Projected Employment
3,213 (2030)

Growth for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

2019 Jobs2030 JobsChange (2019-2030)% Change (2019-2030)

Industries Employing Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2019)% of Occupation in Industry (2019)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2019)
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)1,04633.5%15.4%
Home Health Care Services44214.2%7.2%
Offices of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialists)41513.3%4.3%
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals31310%1.7%
Federal Government, Civilian, Excluding Postal Service2477.9%1.4%

Occupational Tasks

  • Administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients’ charts.
  • Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients’ conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.
  • Answer patients’ calls and determine how to assist them.
  • Measure and record patients’ vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration.
  • Provide basic patient care or treatments, such as taking temperatures or blood pressures, dressing wounds, treating bedsores, giving enemas or douches, rubbing with alcohol, massaging, or performing catheterizations.