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The 10 Best Jobs with an Associate Degree

The 10 Best Jobs with an Associate Degree

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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


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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