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By: Jason Lom
Today's economic outlook continues to be uncertain at best. While it looks like there may be a recovery on the horizon, problems with the global economy may keep the U.S. and other developed nations from getting back to prosperity and an abundance of jobs any time soon. But even during an economy like this, there is one industry that is growing exponentially; health care. And allied nursing school is one of the best ways to enter this lucrative field.

A nursing program can reap several potential benefits for its students. Here are 4 of them:

Exceptional Benefits

A practical nursing school can prepare you to become an LPN (licensed practical nurse). This is a career with very good pay and benefits. Consider that the average LPN can earn somewhere in the neighborhood of $50k per year (depending on the region they are working in) along with decent health and retirement benefits. That's not bad for just a couple years of training after high school, especially since the average four year college graduate these days can expect to spend months (or perhaps years) on the unemployment line.

Plenty of Jobs

Demographic trends dictate that there will not be a shortage of patients in need of medical attention any time soon. With the U.S. Baby Boomers just entering retirement and populations of most other developed countries getting older, there will be a growing demand for nurses for many years to come.

Ability to Travel

The abundance of jobs that can be gained by completing an LPN program means that they are going to be available in almost every area of the country (and world). This is great news if you want to be able to pick and choose the location you want to live in. In addition, there are some agencies that hire 'traveling' nurses. This position is ideal for those who are single and love to move around from one area to another, with housing and meals provided free of charge.

Work that Makes a Difference

Many people today are walking around aimlessly because they are in jobs that are unfulfilling and unrewarding. This is not the case with nursing. When you enter a nursing career, the work you do saves people's lives and/or makes their lives more comfortable. Every day, your work will be appreciated by folks whose lives literally depend on you.

With so many advantages and very few drawbacks, it is no wonder that nursing is one of the fastest growing careers among young people today. If the benefits of this field appeal to you, consider enrolling in an LPN school that can help you get to where you want to be.


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