Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (29-2061)

Occupation description:  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.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 508580 14.27 1623
United States 719,900837,200 16.311,730 20,49032,220

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is moderate with high employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 21.5615.6317.81 21.2024.6329.05
Alaska 25.8519.7921.94 25.5629.4833.43
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 25.5619.9521.63 24.4229.2032.86
Fairbanks North Star Borough 25.6220.1223.53 25.9228.3330.01
Southeast Region 26.7118.6422.21 27.4631.0135.20
Balance of State 26.9217.8021.86 27.8732.1037.00

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
570147 25.853.6 42.6
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation115
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation30
UI claimants previously working in occupation18
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 192
Number of job position postings 88
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.2

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Postsecondary non-degree award Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens

Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens

Multimed   (Anchorage)
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Blood Borne Pathogens

Team One Alaska   (Anchorage)
CPR - BLS for the Provider

TSS - The Safety Specialists   (Ketchikan)
Bloodborne Pathogens

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Practical Nursing CT1
Practical Nursing CT2

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Nursing Across the State (March 2010)

Is There A Nurse In The House? (December 1989)