What's the Prognosis for Licensed Practical Nurses Demand?

In honor of National Nurses Week, we analyzed the changing environment for Licensed Practical Nursing jobs. The Wall Street Journal reported that technological advancements, increased focus on costs, and improving patient outcomes requires employers to demand more from both their high-skilled and low-skilled employees. This trend is pushing Licensed Practical Nurses, which is considered a middle skilled occupation that doesn't require a college degree, out of hospitals and into lower paying places, such as nursing homes. How has Licensed Practical Nursing hiring changed over the past 4 years?

During the past 4 years, the lowest number of job ads for Licensed Practical Nurses was seen during January 2010. Since then, hiring demand rose 60%. Over the past 30 days, there were 38,000 jobs advertised online, which is a 17% decrease when compared to the same 30-day period in 2012.

Hiring Demand for Licensed Practical Nurses

Hiring Demand for Licensed Practical Nurses

The highest number of Licensed Practical Nurse job ads during the past 30-days appeared in Atlanta (GA), Minneapolis (MN), and Houston (TX). Of the metro areas with the greatest demand, Minneapolis was the only location to experience year-over-year growth, increasing 11% when compared to the same 30-day period last year. Recruiters in most cities are likely to have favorable recruiting conditions with a national average score of 15 on our Hiring Scale (our Hiring Scale score ranges from 1 - 99, with 99 representing hardest-to-fill.) However, there are 5 cities that score between 62 and 71, indicating that employers in these areas may experience difficulty sourcing this talent. These areas include:

  1. Casper (WY)
  2. Anchorage (AK)
  3. Sioux Falls (SD)
  4. Kennewick-Pasco-Richland (WA)
  5. Fargo (ND)
In the past 30 days, WANTED Analytics™ shows that Licensed Practical Nurses were more in-demand at general medical and surgical hospitals than anywhere else. Not only is this industry recruiting the most candidates, but has also seen demand increase 21% over last year. Offices of physicians was also among the industries with the most demand and the highest growth, rising 15% since 2012. Home health care services and nursing care facilities both saw high job ad volume, but demand in these areas decreased when compared to last year. In these specific industries, Licensed Practical Nurse recruiting difficulty isn't likely to vary greatly. Home health care services scores the lowest on our Hiring Scale with 13 and offices of physicians scores the highest, 17.

For more on nursing hiring trends, read Nurses Still Top Demand Charts.

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