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High Demand Jobs and Relocation Resources in Louisiana

Updated on August 24, 2015
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Ms. Inglish is a successful Employment & Training pro setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed to gainful employment.

Louisiana is the home of diverse cuisines.
Louisiana is the home of diverse cuisines. | Source

Labor Market Information for Louisiana and Major Cities

Louisiana is divided into 8 major Statistical Areas surrounding 8 of its major cities: New Orleans, Houma, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Shreveport, Alexandria, and Monroe (Monroe-West Monroe twin Cities).

All of these metro areas contain more than one parish (county) and all are in a stage of economic growth to the extent that abundant numbers of jobs are available through at least 2014 because of new job openings created by new businesses and expanding current companies.

Medical and Healthcare related occupations will continue to expand through at least 2100, because the Millennial Generation born from roughly 1980 - 2000 is nearly as large as the Baby Boom Generation, creating a reiterative cycle of older Americans requiring even longer-term healthcare. The is because not only are the Millennials taller and healthy in many respects than Boomers at the same age (especially the women), they will live longer -- More will achieve the officially designated Oldest Old age of 80 - 100+.

One of the occupations that is increasing in a large percentage of job openings in western Louisiana is hunting and trapping, although the actual numbers are relatively small. Each of the western metro areas and some of the others estimate that they will each need 20 additional trappers by 2014.

The Hub Pages below, regarding each metro area, include information about the fastest growing jobs in each area, higher education resources and training opportunities, job search links, and relocation information

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Egret crossing the bayou.Lafitte's blacksmith shop in New Orleans.Louisiana snowy egret from Surr on artistic tombs in Louisiana.
Egret crossing the bayou.
Egret crossing the bayou. | Source
Lafitte's blacksmith shop in New Orleans.
Lafitte's blacksmith shop in New Orleans.
Louisiana snowy egret from Surr on
Louisiana snowy egret from Surr on
Interesting artistic tombs in Louisiana.
Interesting artistic tombs in Louisiana.

Careers Available in All Lousiana Regions

In order to determine the labor market information for any city in Louisiana, determine which of the 8 major areas of the state is its home and access the matching link below.

  • Top 10 Jobs in Louisiana - While businesses do close down in Louisiana occasionally, new businesses take their places within traditional and innovative fields of endeavor. This state has been overlooked as a source of economic and job growth, but is becoming more visible post-Hurricane Katrina and the massive recovery projects that have been successful. Statewide business and occupational projections through 2014 cover many fields of employment at all levels of education, although Healthcare Industry Jobs will increase through the year 2100.
  • How to Establish Residency in Another State - Relocation made simple.
  • How to Ask for a Job Transfer - You might want to transfer with your company to their division or new enterprise in Louisiana. This Hub shows you how to go about asking for a transfer and securing it.

New Orleans beauty at night.
New Orleans beauty at night. | Source

Major Louisiana Business and Job Markets

New Orleans:
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Houma, LA, USA

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Baton Rouge:
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Lafayette, LA, USA

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Lake Charles:
Lake Charles, LA, USA

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Alexandria, LA, USA

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Shreveport, LA, USA

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Monroe, LA, USA

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Reviews and Resources for Major Louisiana Markets

  • Top 10 Hot Jobs in New Orleans - Recovered from Katrina and still needs more workers. A must-see Hub.
  • Jobs in Baton Rouge - Videos & Recipes- This is a historic area with a revitalized urban center and a culture that must be experienced. The Film & TC Industry is also strong in this region.
  • Best Jobs in Houma LA- This is really Cajun Country and beautiful in people and landscape. Located near the Delta area and Gulf, related industries are adding divisions and employees.
  • Lake Charles LA- Videos illustrate the remarkable artistic and musical abilities located in the Lake Charles Area. Employment Specialists, Hospitality and Tourism managers, Teachers, IT Pros and others are needed here. Includes history about The Pirate Jeane Lafitte and a jackalope.
  • Jobs In Lafayette LA- Videos and text. Openings in Environmental jobs, Teaching, IT, Public Relations, Healthcare, Advertising, others. Great source for Cajun and Zydeco music.
  • Alexandria LA - Family-friendly, Going Green. Jobs for Young Professionals, Mid-Careerists, and Retired Workers as well -- Airplane Mechanics, Map Makers, Animal Trainers, Teachers, IT Professionals and on and on.
  • Hot Jobs in Shreveport LA - This Metro Area's motto is "Open For Business" because there is so much NEW business growing locally. The Film & TV Industry is big here, among others.
  • Jobs in Monroe LA - Film & TV employment overflowed from Shreveport into Monroe, but several other industries are expanding or bringing new enterprises to the area.

Native North Americans in the State of Louisana

The six parishes in Louisiana that are home to the United Houma Nation are St. Mary, Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard parishes.

Houma People's seal.
Houma People's seal. | Source

Indigenous Peoples and in Louisiana Before and After Statehood

Native Americans migrated from northern Asiatic countries to North America around 12,000 years ago or earlier. Although some archaeological evidence has shown Indigenous peoples in North America much earlier, blood typologies and DNA examination confirms the migration of around 10,000 BC.

From Alaska and the Pacific Northwest of Canada and America, the nomadic peoples spread eastward and southward until the Spanish and British as well as other European explores drove them back Westward and to the South, and Southwest of what is now USA. Some Canadian First Nations peoples eventually made it all the way to Iceland, where evidence of their existence was proved in the 2010s..

Some remnant bands of original nations of the Indigenous remain in Louisiana, as listed in Top 10 Jobs in Louisiana, along with their businesses.

In addition, the Acadians of Nova Scotia (Acadie), Canada were also driven southward and eventually made homes largely in 22 parishes (counties) of southern Louisiana in what is today known as Acadiana, a name bestowed on the region in the 1960s. These residents are our Cajuns.

Cajun Cuisine in the Acadiana Region of Louisiana and the Origins of the People in Acadie

According to research and genealogical records examined by members of CODOFIL Louisiana-French preservationists in Lafayette, La Cadie was founded in 1605 by the French and renamed Acadie in Nova Scotia. By 1699, the first permanent French settlement in Louisiana was initiated. IN 1713, Acadie was ceded to Great Britain and in 1755, the British governor expelled the Acadians and renamed their land Nova Scotia (New Scotland).

Acadians don't actually show up in Louisiana public records until 1764 and some of them kept fighting the British in Nova Scotia until they finally gave up and left, may arrive in LA in 1864 (See Cajun Easter Foods link below for the history). Other French people came directly from France after that time. Overal, during the 70 years 1721 - 1791, peoples of many nations arrived in Louisiana, many in the Lafayette area. They intermarried among themselves and with Native Americans, creating Creole and Metis peoples together with a rich combined culture that is receiving global recognition.

Additional related history: US History - The New Nation: 1799 - 1850- Louisiana in the larger scheme of the New Nation.

An old Cajun cabin.
An old Cajun cabin. | Source

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Interesting Blog about current Hurricane Gustav -

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Yesterday, the Governor of LA had already declared an Emergency Status and called upon the National Guard. Much better planning than the last time. I'll add a news capsule to keep us updated...

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      10 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      What is happening with the hurricane? I hear New Orleans might be in its path once again... ugh! Nicely done web, Patti.


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