Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

risk level
Based on 105 votes
by year 2032
or $28.71 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

26% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

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Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Social Perceptiveness

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Manual Dexterity

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26% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 26% chance of automation.

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Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses' job openings is expected to rise 6.3% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses' was $59,730, or $28 per hour

'Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses' were paid 24.3% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 630,250 people employed as 'Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses' within the United States.

This represents around 0.42% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 240 people are employed as 'Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses'.

Job description

Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.

SOC Code: 29-2061.00


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Al (No chance) says
Honestly, this should be the same rating as Registered Nurse, which is very low or no chance at all. I work as a CNA (i.e., a Certified Nurse Assistant), and I will be going into nursing school to become an Licensed Vocational Nurse or LVN for short. With this in mind, I do not think it is the case that Artificial Intelligence, or AI, can replace LVNs at all, and if it does, it will do so in a limited fashion. I think this is so, based on my experience as a CNA. Since I am speaking anecdotally, please do not take my reasoning as infallible or conclusive. The LVNs I work with, and the job they work, require a great amount of humanised skill. This means that their work necessitates abilities and qualities unique to biological human beings. This is so, because many human beings possess natural particular capabilities that are either difficult for AI to replicate, or cannot possess at all. This does not mean that AI will never possess some abilities. This is the case, because one cannot, even with the greatest amount of abstract reasoning or empirical evidence, completely predict the future in full accuracy. At least not all the time. It could still very well be the case that AI may be able to replicate some humanised skills that they find difficult to replicate. I will exemplify my argument in the following paragraph.

As an example, take the humanised skill of empathy. Empathy is the emotional skill to understand and share the feelings of another person. This shared emotional connection is something many, if not all, patients crave and desire. Empathy is something that AI cannot replicate well. In order for empathy to occur between two individuals, both individuals must be capable of emotions. Humans are capable of emotions, but AI robots are not. Emotions are biological, chemical, and mental reactions to certain stimuli. These reactions are uniquely inherent to organic living biological beings. An AI robot is not an organic living being, and thus cannot produce emotions. The best an AI can do is be programmed in a way to say certain things when a patient exhibits particular facial responses or verbal/tonal nuances. However, there is more to empathy than just being responsive. There exists a shared feeling that a human can only feel with another human, or another animal, especially when one of those humans is in a medically ill or injurious state.

Critical thinking serves as another example of a humanised skill that AI will find difficult to replicate. Critical thinking is the intellectual act of considering certain concepts, and constructing a charitable and objective take on said concepts through abstract reasoning or empirical evidence. To further this, the more unique and nuanced those concepts are, the more difficult it will be to critically think about said concepts. In the healthcare settings that LVNs find themselves in, there exists many unique concepts, or in this case, situations. I will illuminate one and that would be the case of patients with severe dementia. Patients with this mental condition may showcase behaviour that includes, but not limited to, loud screaming, random crying and potential desires for killing. What to do with these kind of patients is something LVNs face on a daily basis. Should the LVN just ignore the patient? Doing so may endanger the patient to him or herself, or worse, endanger other patients situated in the same room. Ignoring patients is also considered abuse in healthcare settings. On the other hand, ignoring the patient may allow the LVN to give care to other patients with much more debilitating conditions in the meantime, and thus allowing the LVN efficient time management. The LVN can also attend to that patient first, but only to administer medication that will calm him down, and make the LVN’s work less difficult. This may prove detrimental, if a family member of another patient asked the LVN to administer medicine to him first, because he missed a dose earlier in the day. With all this in mind, one can see how as an LVN there are many factors that they have to consider when making a reasonable decision, such as proper ethics, personal feelings, logical order of work, and so on. The LVN must be able to evaluate these factors and utilise his intellectual capacity for reason to support making the right decision. An AI’s intellectual capacity is much more rigid than a human’s mind. An AI robot cannot improvise at any given moment in the same fashion as a human. Unique situations, such as the aforementioned dementia case, requires a mind being able to asses many nuanced factors unique to the situation. Unfortunately, AI is just not capable yet of such critical thinking.
Jan 27, 2024 at 04:55 AM

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