Start a Career in the Fast-Growing Healthcare Field as an LPN
New data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that the unemployment rate changed very little during the month of October. Currently, about 13.9 million Americans do not have jobs, creating an unemployment rate of 9%.
However, the number of jobs in the healthcare industry continued to expand despite position decreases in other fields. Throughout October, an additional 12,000 healthcare jobs were created, adding to the 12-month total of 313,000 new positions.
As the healthcare industry continues to expand, individuals who are looking to enter a fast-growing field may want to consider becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN). According to the BLS, the number of jobs for these professionals is expected to grow by about 21% through 2018.
While the duties of an LPN can vary, they are typically required to work with physicians and registered nurses to help care for patients, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees reports. In this way, LPNs can be critical to the field of nursing, especially when it comes to mitigating problems caused the expected shortage of registered nurses (RNs).
In order to become an LPN, individuals must obtain licensure by passing the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX-PN. Preparing for the exam typically requires completing a training program, the exact content of which varies from state to state.