Job prospects Licensed Practical Nurse (L.P.N.) in British Columbia

Job opportunities for Licensed practical nurses (NOC 3233) are good in British Columbia over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a licensed practical nurse (L.P.N.).

Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.

Job opportunities in British Columbia

licensed practical nurse (L.P.N.)
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Licensed practical nurses (NOC 3233) in British Columbia for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Licensed practical nurses in the British Columbia region:

  • Approximately 7,500 people work in this occupation.
  • Licensed practical nurses mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 50%
    • Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 31%
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 14%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 70% compared to 77% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 30% compared to 23% for all occupations
  • 55% of licensed practical nurses work all year, while 45% work only part of the year, compared to 57% and 43% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 33 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of licensed practical nurses are self-employed compared to an average of 14% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in British Columbia by economic region.

    Location Job prospects
    Cariboo Region Good Good
    Kootenay Region Good Good
    Lower Mainland–Southwest Region Good Good
    Nechako Region Undetermined Undetermined
    North Coast Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Northeast Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Thompson–Okanagan Region Good Good
    Vancouver Island and Coast Region Good Good
    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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    Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

    We expect that there will be a labour SHORTAGE for Licensed practical nurses (NOC 3233) in Canada over the next 10 years.

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