There are currently an estimated 724,500 licensed practical nurses in the United States. The licensed practical nurse job market is expected to grow by 12.3% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are licensed practical nurses?

CareerExplorer rates licensed practical nurses with an A employability rating, meaning this career should provide great employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 92,400 licensed practical nurses. That number is based on 88,900 additional licensed practical nurses, and the retirement of 3,500 existing licensed practical nurses.

What’s the supply of licensed practical nurses?

The licensed practical nurse industry is concentrated in Texas, California, Florida

Licensed Practical Nurse job market by state

State Name Employed Licensed Practical Nurses
Texas 72,010
California 66,350
Florida 47,550
New York 45,950
Ohio 40,660
Pennsylvania 36,890
Georgia 26,040
Tennessee 24,000
Virginia 21,920
Louisiana 20,340
Illinois 19,790
North Carolina 17,810
New Jersey 17,240
Minnesota 16,840
Massachusetts 16,680
Missouri 15,850
Indiana 15,480
Michigan 14,920
Alabama 12,860
Arkansas 12,350
Oklahoma 11,490
Maryland 10,630
Kentucky 10,140
South Carolina 9,590
Mississippi 8,970
Connecticut 7,750
Wisconsin 7,450
Washington 7,380
Kansas 7,350
Arizona 6,610
Iowa 5,990
West Virginia 5,900
Nebraska 5,410
Colorado 5,340
Puerto Rico 4,300
Oregon 3,090
Nevada 2,630
North Dakota 2,530
Montana 2,470
Idaho 2,420
New Hampshire 2,200
Delaware 2,170
New Mexico 2,140
Utah 2,040
District of Columbia 1,820
South Dakota 1,770
Hawaii 1,270
Vermont 1,260
Maine 1,210
Rhode Island 1,040
Wyoming 600
Alaska 520
Guam 110
Virgin Islands 80