Great Jobs in Monroe and Northeast Louisiana
Twin Cities of Northeastern Louisiana
In the 21st century, the Twin Cities comprise a large medical hub for 16 different parishes (counties), requiring a substantial number of new healthcare and medical employees each year as the local economy and the population grow.
Eight hospitals operated in this area in 2008, increasing to 22 facilities by 2022, an increase of nearly 300%. New jobs with these facilities continue to increase.
Monroe's housing expenses are 25% lower than the national average, utility prices are 17% lower, transportation expenses are 15% lower, and grocery prices that are 8% lower than the national average.— Payscale.com
Monroe and West Monroe are neighboring cities that make up the base of the Greater Monroe Area of Northeastern Louisiana. They are central to Ouachita Parish and halfway between cities New Orleans and Memphis, Tennessee.
Once under Spanish rule, Monroe City and area were governed by Jean Baptiste Filhiol after 1783, with Fort Miro constructed on today's city location in 1790. Hunting and trapping were prosperous. Sometime after statehood and survival of the Civil War via prosperous agriculture, natural gas was discovered in 1915 and Monroe became the Natural Gas Capital of the World.
What Jobs Are Growing?
A wide range of jobs have opened up in the Monroe-West Monroe area and will continue to expand in number. Healthcare jobs, including the important mental health services occupations, are likely to increase far into the 21st century as mental health gains greater recognition nationwide.
The increasing need for preschool teachers indicates a rapidly expanding local population, which will demand additional services that include the healthcare jobs mentioned above. New families will also be looking at housing, retail stores, supermarkets, entertainment venues, and other businesses to serve them.
The film industry has been growing in the Shreveport market area to the west, overflowing into Monroe to provide jobs to local residents as well.
Top 10 Fastest Growing Local Job Clusters
- Sofware Engineers and Developers
- Nurses: RNs and LPs
- Home Health Aides (HHAs)
- Mainstream Preschool and Elementary Teachers
- Dental Assistants, Physician Assistants, Medical Assistants
- Financial Analysts
- Occupational and Physical Therapists
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
- Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts (IT)
- Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics
Top Five Local Hospitals with Jobs Available
Best hospitals by patient satisfaction reviews on Yelp.
- Glenwood Regional Medical Center. Hospitals. BBB Rating: A+ 503 McMillan Road. (318) 329-4200.
- Monroe Surgical Hospital. Hospitals Surgery Centers Mammography Centers. BBB Rating: A+ 2408 Broadmoor Blvd. (318) 410-0002.
- Glenwood Surgery Center. Hospitals Surgery Centers. Website. (318) 322-1339. 1275 Glenwood Drive.
- Kitty DeGree Breast Health Center. Hospitals Cancer Treatment Centers. (318) 812-7465.
- Ouachita Community Hospital. 1275 Glenwood Drive. (318) 322-1339
Largest Area Employers
Attractions That Draw New Residents
Most Elaborate Earthworks in the World
The Poverty Point Archaeological Site in this region of Louisiana points to evidence of Native American peoples in the area from 1700 - 1000 BC. Their culture was extremely well developed from 1750 - 1350 BC, before the Mayans built their elaborate pyramids much further south.
This culture also existed fewer than 1000 years prior to the Egyptian pyramids' construction. At the beginning of the 21st century, this was as long as 3700 years ago and the earthworks took 5,000,000 man-hours of labor to complete.
Poverty Point, Louisiana's Unique Attraction
The earthworks left buy local Indigenous peoples around Monroe are the most complex and well built in the world. The peoples ran a metropolis as a water transportation hub for government, trade, and religion, connecting Indigenous settlements in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana; a three-state region. Implements and weapons come from as far away as Ohio and Tennessee. Monroe and West Monroe are today centers of urban commerce and water transport.
- Poverty Point State Historic Site: 6859 Highway 577 in Pioneer, Louisiana 71266. Phone: 318-926-5492 or 888-926-5492
A more recent indigenous nation called Koroa lived with the Yazoo Nation near the Monroe region, but merged with the Choctaw nation and were assimilated. However, their language differed from all other tribes in the area, so they must have come fomr elsewhere. They lived in rounded hut-like structures.
Presents the history of Coca-Cola, first bottled by the Biedenharn Candy Company.
Area Sports Events and Teams
- AKC Dog Shows
- Louisiana Monroe Warhawks: College Football
- Louisiana at Monroe Indians. After much debate and even some legal hassles, the team is allowed to keep its name of "Indians."
- Monroe Moccasins (WPHL) Hockey
- Monroe Motor Speedway
- Northwestern State Demons in Natchitoches. How come no one ever complains about THAT mascot?
- Twin City Dragway Drag Strip
Monroe Motor Speedway
Higher Education in the Twin Cities
- Evangel Christian University
- Louisiana State: Delta Community College
- Omega Bible Institute & Seminary
- University of Louisiana at Monroe
- Career Technical College
- Pat Goins Monroe Beauty School
- Cloyd's Beauty School: West Monroe
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2008 Patty Inglish MS