Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 29-2061 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
Care for ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled persons in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients' charts. Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action. Answer patients' calls and determine how to assist them. Measure and record patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration. Provide basic patient care or treatments, such as taking temperatures or blood pressures, dressing wounds, treating bedsores, giving enemas or douches, rubbing with alcohol, massaging, or performing catheterizations. Work as part of a healthcare team to assess patient needs, plan and modify care, and implement interventions.
License: This applicant should submit a completed online application with required fees to the State Board of Nursing. Initial Application Fee for LPN: $185.00 Biennial Renewal Fee for LPN: $75.00
Outlook: Good
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Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $14.36   Entry $29,873.00
Mean $18.09   Mean $37,628.00
Experience $19.95 Experience $41,510.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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29-2061.00 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses