Nurses represent the largest single group of practitioners in the health care system, with over 2.7 million registered nurses and 750,000 licensed practical nurses, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Licensed practical nurses, often referred to as LPNs, provide basic patient care, performing a variety of duties under the supervision of doctors or registered nurses.
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in May 2011 that the median income of LPNs was $19.79 per hour, or $41,150 per year. The 10 percent with the lowest wages reported earning up to $14.74 per hour, while the highest-paid 10 percent of LPNs earned $27.44 per hour or more. Relatively few jobs pay this much for employees with a one-year certificate. The bureau's Occupation Finder lists just 18 such jobs having a median income above $35,000 per year, and LPNs are one of only two of these occupations expected to see high job growth.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that demand for LPNs will grow by 22 percent between 2010 and 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. That translates to 168,000 new LPN positions over the decade. Most LPNs work in nursing care facilities, but hospitals, doctors' offices, home health care services and elder-care facilities are also major employers. The aging of the baby boom generation will ensure a steady demand for LPNs in these facilities. This combination of steady demand, short training, decent pay and strong employment prospects make licensed practical nursing an appealing health care career.
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