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Licensed Practical Nurses

Outlook

Employment for LPNs is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Due to advanced medical technology, people are living longer, though many will require medical assistance. The U.S. census Bureau reports that in 2009, the senior population (those 65 and over) was approximately 39.6 million. This figure is expected to rise steadily and the number of seniors living in 2030 will be approximately 72.7 million. As this trend unfolds, more LPNs will be needed to care for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity. Private medical practices and outpatient centers will also be excellent job sources because many medical procedures are now being performed on an outpatient basis. There will be many jobs in rural areas, where there is a shortage of LPNs and other health care professionals.

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