Above-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.
Licensed practical nurses are employed by:
- acute care hospitals
- continuing care facilities
- community care agencies
- assisted living centres
- occupational health departments
- primary care clinics and physicians' offices
- mental health facilities.
Licensed practical nurses also may work in community health or occupational health and safety teams, or in independent foot care businesses or ophthalmic clinics. To provide expanded services in operating rooms, advanced orthopedics, dialysis or immunization programs, licensed practical nurses must complete additional education and be registered for specialized practice with the CLPNA.
In Alberta, 94% of people employed as licensed practical nurses work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
- size of the occupation.
Over 8,100 Albertans are employed in the Licensed practical nurse occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 3.7% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 300 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.