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
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 507603 18.920 1949
United States 724,500813,400 12.327,100 26,70062,690

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 23.3216.6119.62 22.8326.9430.46
Alaska 30.7024.1927.09 30.2933.7438.02
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 31.4525.4627.93 31.1834.4938.28
Fairbanks North Star Borough 27.3621.2624.61 27.0829.6632.01
Balance of State 31.7925.7227.89 31.2935.1538.54

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

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

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Bloodborne Pathogens / 045

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)