Career Profile

Licensed Vocational Nurses

Education Postsecondary nondegree award
This is the typical education required for an entry-level position.
Earnings $48,600
This is the typical median salary earned for an entry-level position.

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) provide basic nursing care.

General Information

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.

Training Funds Available

This is a Rural Capital Area Target Occupation.
Training and education opportunities are available with eligible providers throughout the state.

Licensed Vocational Nurses

Occupational Outlook

For the Rural Capital Area


Job Opportunities

Over the next five years, an average of 146 openings per year are projected for Licensed Vocational Nurses.


Employment Change

Employment for Licensed Vocational Nurses is forecasted to increase on par with the regional average by 15.8% between 2022 and 2027.


Earnings Potential

An average worker in this occupation is paid $23.38/hour. Entry level workers are paid $19.39, while experienced workers are paid $25.38. The median wage is comparable to average regional wages across occupations.

Local Employment Opportunities

There are 1,243 Licensed Vocational Nurses in the RCA region. By 2027 this number could reach 1,440.

Top 5 Employing Industries, Locally

The top industries employing Licensed Vocational Nurses are Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities), Home Health Care Services, and Offices of Physicians.

Knowledge Areas

The top most significant knowledge categories for Licensed Vocational Nurses include Medicine and Dentistry, Customer and Personal Service, and Psychology.

Educational Attainment Patterns

The most common level of education for Licensed Vocational Nurses is Some college, no degree. 22% of people employed in these roles have some form of college degree.

Sources: BLS   JobsEQ®   ONET