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Louisiana Jobs and Resources On the Gulf of Mexico

Updated on October 21, 2014
Blue Heon near the Gilf of Mexico.
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Houma Metro Region

The Houma Metro Area includes three parishes (like counties), which are Plaquemines (a part of the New Orleans Metropolitan Area); Lafourche; and Terrebonne Parishes; and some sources include Assumption Parish in the metro area.

Located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans Metro Areas, Houma is near the southeastern-most tip of Louisiana. The city suffered some damage from Hurricane Katrina. Economic growth has been steady, however, and several major metro industries need a considerable number of workers to fill new jobs being created.

The largest employers in this region of Louisiana include:

Terrebonne Parish (Top 5):

  • Terrebonne Parish Public School District
  • Gulf Island Fabrication - Frabricates parts for on- and offshore rigs.
  • Pride Offshore - Offshore operations.
  • Terrebonne General Medical Center & Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center
  • Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Lafourche Parish (Top 5):

  • Edison Chouest Offshore - worldwide offshore and vessel services.
  • Rouses Supermarkets - Bought out A & P and Sav-a-Center
  • Lafourche Parish School Board, Bollinger Shipyards, Grand Isle Shipyards

Plaquemines Parish (Top 5):

  • Plaquemuines Parish School Board
  • BJ Services Co., A R T Catering, Conoco Phillips Co., Chevron Oronite Co.

Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana

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Largest Employers in the Smaller Related Parishes

St. Bernard (Top 5):

  • St. Bernard Parish School Board, Associated Terminals,
  • Winn Dixie Louisiana Inc., Mobil Oil Corporation, St. Bernard Parish Government

Jefferson (Top 5):

  • Ochsner Health System, Jefferson Parish School Board,
  • Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Avondale Operations,
  • Jefferson Parish Gov't., East Jefferson General Hospital

St. Mary (Top 5):

Houma, Louisiana On the Gulf of Mexico

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Jobs Steady and Increasing 2013 - 2014

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After a dip in job listings for February 2009, numbers of vacancies generally listed increased through July 2010, especially from February 2010. Data provided by, a job search engine.
After a dip in job listings for February 2009, numbers of vacancies generally listed increased through July 2010, especially from February 2010. Data provided by, a job search engine.
After a dip in job listings for February 2009, numbers of vacancies generally listed increased through July 2010, especially from February 2010. Data provided by, a job search engine. | Source

Top 10 Jobs in the Greater Houma Area

The fastest growing jobs in the Houma area through at least 2014 include those in Warehouse/Shipping, Trades (including Construction), and Information Technology (computers & software). Two out of the Top 10 Hot Jobs are computer-related, in the Number 3 and 4 slots. The Houma region sits on the Gulf of Mexico, presenting the possibility of further growth in shipping, warehousing, IT jobs to track those sorts of activities, additional construction in Hurricane-Katrina ravaged areas, and reconstruction of urban areas for green business in the "toe" and "foot" of the Louisiana boot.

  1. Logisticians - Warehousing and materials moving.
  2. Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
  3. Computer System Software Engineers (IT)
  4. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts (IT)
  5. Helpers for Trades - Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
  6. Cost Estimators - Usually for construction and other Trades projects.
  7. Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
  8. Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
  9. Helpers in Carpentry Trades - Carpenters' Helpers
  10. Ship's Engineers - Freight, more than passengers; and in srhimping, crabbing, and fishing industry.

Additional Fast Growing Jobs

The fact that Compensation and Benefits Managers comprise a fast gorwing category of new jobs speaks to the fact that jobs overall are growing in the Houma region -- The more jobs, the more such managers are needed. Additional computer related jobs appear in two categories on this list as well.

Health and Medical professions show on this additional listing of growing jobs, as to Engingeering Technologies, PR and Marketing pros, and others.

  • Painters, Construction and Maintenance
  • Compensation and Benefits Managers
  • Computer Software Applications Engineers
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining
  • Industrial Engineering Technicians
  • Market Research Analysts
  • Public Relations Specialists
  • Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

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United Houma Nation

The United Houma Nation people live largely in LaFourche and Terrebonne Parishes, East and West Feliciana, and Pointe Coupee in Southern Louisiana (see map located above). Geographically, they are located just to the west of the mouth of the great Mississippi River in a scenic countryside but also near shipping and other industry.

The city of Houma is 100 miles north of the United Houma Nation homeland and is named specifically for this group of people -- Chukahoma means "red house." However, they are not yet Federally recognized as a US Native American Nation, but have pursued the application process for over 20 years as of 2008.

The Houma operate a store and organization to aide traditional and contemporary native artists to market and sell their works. This is The Palmetto Hut Store.

Brenda Dardar Robichaux is the United Houma Nation Principal Chief and a Tribal Council is regularly elected form the paraishes of St. Mary, Terrebonne, Jefferson, Lafourche, and Plaquemines and St. Bernard combined. The Nation is looking into additional business opportunities in the 21st century.


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