Land of Lakes and Caves -Well Paying Jobs in Lake St. Louis

Meramec Caves, hideouts of the James Gang
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Success in a Planned Community

The City of Lake St. Louis is named the 9th Best Place to Live in the USA by Money Magazine in 2009, but has maintained a place among the top cities for business and jobs since that time.

It is one of our country's best rated planned communities, meaning that is was planned with growth in mind for the success of businesses and residents.

The city has its own umbrella Community Association, nearly 50 neighborhood associations, and two large lakes for recreation. Not only that, but the city offers golf courses, riding stables (some with horse-assisted therapy, beaches, nearby caves, underground businesses, and in-city parks for its community. All of these amenities have made Lake St. Louis one of the fastest growing cities in Missouri.

Lake St. Louis leaders are environmentally minded, providing a number of recycling programs and green alternatives for living and working, including concentration on green energy and celebrating Earth Day/Earth Week.

In addition, a Safe Community Program and a Citizens Police Academy help keep crime rates low and property values higher.

Lake St. Louis: Between I-70 and State Route 40

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Some people think that the two lakes are male and female - Lake St. Louis and Lake St. Louise. It's a charming thought.

The city was planned and implemented in the mid-1960s by a group of six investors that wished to build a private resort community. Their plans exceeded their expectations and produced a growing city. Through successful planning and implementation, Lake St. Louis grew to a city of over 16,000 people and numerous businesses.

Lake St. Louis is located conveniently within an angle formed by I-70 less than one mile to the north and State Routes 61/40 running northwest to southeast. The two lakes of the city are Lake St. Louis (the larger of the two) and Lake St. Louise. The city is located to the north of Busch Memorial Conservation Park, Weldon Spring Conservation Area, and Howell Island Conservation Area, with several other parks to the southeast. A State Fish and Waterfowl area and Pere Marquette State Park are to the northeast.

The City of St. Louis is approximately 10 miles to the east off I-70. This highway has been very well maintained and the pavement extremely smooth between the two cities on each visit I have made to this area.

Reference Map: St. Louis and Lake St. Louis

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Top Companies Hiring

  1. IBM
  2. Monsanto
  3. St. Anthony's Medical Center
  4. Scottrade
  5. Washington University
  6. Petsmart
  7. Deloitte
  8. BJC Healthcare
  9. Tenet Healthcare
  10. Covidien
  11. BJC - Healthcare
  12. CDI - IT/Computers
  13. Unlimited Nurse Search
  14. St. John's Mercy
  15. Taco Bell
  16. Tyco Healthcare
  17. PETCO
  18. UPS
  19. Saint Louis University Hospital
  20. Macy's
  21. Critical Connection
  22. Jack in the Box
  23. Steak n Shake
  24. H&R Block
  25. Sears, Roebuck and Co.
  26. Progress West Healthcare Center

Top Hot Jobs

  1. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  2. RNs - Clinical Specialties
  3. Truck Drivers
  4. Project Managers
  5. Physical Therapists
  6. Sales Representatives
  7. Jobs at Washington University
  8. Financial Advisors
  9. Salespersons
  10. Assistant Managers
  11. Store Managers
  12. Occupational Therapists
  13. Sales Representatives
  14. Business Analysts
  15. Teachers – Preschool/Daycare
  16. Administrative Assistants
  17. Part-Time Shift Leaders – Food
  18. Medical Assistants
  19. Independent Beauty Consultants – contractor positions
  20. Project Managers
  21. Retail Clerks
  22. Franchise Salespersons
  23. Commission-only Salespersons
  24. Team Members – Food service and retail
  25. Team Leaders – various types of businesses

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Increasing Variety of Occupations Available

This city, more than any of the other nine of the Top 10 List of Best Places to Live in America, offers such a large number of employers listing job openings via Internet resources and such large numbers of often-listed job titles. Additional positions may be found through government listings and additional companies that do not post via Internet pages.

The Meadows - Unique Stores

Fastest Growing Jobs to 2016

Lake St. Louis enjoys access to thousands of job openings inside the city and along the corridor of businesses and communities along I-70 and State Routes 40 and 61, all the way to St. Louis.

This included 16,000+ jobs in autumn 2009, growing to over 21,000 job listings in early spring 2014.

Official State and local projections for fast growing occupational titles to 2016 include the following entries, bold print indicating jobs already most frequently listed by local employers.

  1. Sales Representatives in Manufacturing, Wholesale, and Services
  2. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  3. Accountants, Acct. Clerks, and Auditors - Taxes and other
  4. Mainstream Elementary School Teachers (K-5)
  5. Musicians and Singers - especially hotels, resorts, theme parks, etc.
  6. Computer Systems Analysts
  7. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  8. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  9. Computer Software Engineers
  10. Electricians
  11. Insurance Sales Agents
  12. Financial Services Salespersons
  13. Construction Laborers and Pipefitters
  14. Business Operations Specialists
  15. College Level Teachers and Instructors

Meramac Caverns

Some Lake St. Louis Area Sports

Meramac Cave Tour Finale - Kate Smith Recording

The Cave State

Missouri and the corridor from St. Louis through Lake St. Louis and beyond to the West is full of caves that were used for brewing beer and ale by Germans, and perhaps used for passage in the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.

I enjoyed seeing Meramac Caverns as a youth and find that it is still a popular attraction. Located just about an hour west of St. Louis, it is a fun vacation and tourist attraction on a highway that passes shopping malls and dining establishments to visit along the way.

Guided tours provided multicolor light shows and musical concerts, along with a look at a ballroom that used to be used for square dancing. Another area was used by the old Art Linkletter Program when he matched up couples on their air, sometimes with the use of the giant Univac computer. One such couple agreed to dress like a caveman and woman in the 1960s and scare tourists in their area of the caves in exchange for their wedding.

Don't miss the Mirror Room - an underground lake inthis room is only 1.5 feet deep, but looks miles deep, mirroring everything around it.

Higher Education

  • Lindenwood University: www.lindenwood.edu
  • Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts: http://www.chefs.edu/st-louis/
  • Maryville University‎: http://www.maryville.edu/
  • Midwest University: www.midwest.edu
  • Midwest Theological Seminary: www.midwest.edu
  • Missouri Baptist University: http://www.mobap.edu/
  • Sanford-Brown College - St. Peters: www.sbcstpetersprograms.com
  • Vatterott College: O'Fallon‎: http://www.vatterott-college.edu/
  • Webster University: The St Charles Winghaven Campus: www.webster.edu

Note: Several additional colleges and university are located in nearby St. Louis.

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Comments and Additions 3 comments

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Ambition398 6 years ago

Sounds like a beautiful place to live and work. Thanks for the info!


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Frieda Babbley 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Really? Who knew. And I'm right there. Well. I think I feel a little bit relieved for some reason. Great article and vids, Patty.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Really a beautiful place - fortuante to live there imo, Frieda!

Ambition398 - Thanks for commenting. It really is gorgeous.

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