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The 10 Best Jobs with an Associate Degree

The 10 Best Jobs with an Associate Degree

AllHealthcare, CareerVoyages.gov, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics

8. Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse

Licensed practical/vocational nurses care for the sick, injured or convalescent under the supervision of registered nurses and physicians. LPNs/LVNs provide basic bedside care, record vital signs, give injections and dress wounds. Experienced LPNs/LVNs may supervise nursing assistants and aides.

While you do not need an associate degree to become an LPN/LVN, there is a training program offered at many community college and vocational schools. Most training programs last about 1 year. A high school diploma or GED is required for entry into an LPN program. LPNs must be licensed to practice. Successful completion of a practical nurse program and passing an examination are required to become licensed. Most year-long practical nursing programs include both classroom study and supervised clinical practice

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Overall job prospects are excellent, but job outlook varies by industry. Employment will grow as the population ages and older nurses retire.


Projected Need: 309,000

Projected Growth: 9-17%

Median Hourly Wage: $18/hr

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