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New Jobs In Architecture And Healthcare For Louisiana

Updated on October 26, 2016
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High Paying Jobs for Moderate Levels of Education

Architecture and Construction jobs are the most highly demanded jobs to be filled in Louisiana. They represent the business sector that is growing most quickly across the state.

Many building-related job postings require post-secondary education, apprenticeships, certificate training, licenses, and some other sorts of training and credentialing; but these educational objectives can be easier to meet than expected. The Workforce Investment Board at the county level offers jobs training and job matching for workers seeking employment.

A few construction jobs require mainly OJT (on the job training), saving the cost of higher education and saving time for both employer and employee.

The second largest industry sector in the state that requires high numbers of jobs to be filled is the Healthcare Industry.

The third largest industry sector for providing job openings to be filled is the Hospitality and Tourism Industry.

The Top 10 Jobs in Louisiana come largely from these and related businesses; many of these and two dozen other occupations do not require a 4-year college or university degree.

Top 10 High Demand Jobs 2014 - 2024

The following Top 10 Jobs pay $20.00 per hour or more and do not require a 4-year degree. The list is not all-inclusive and many other jobs also pay at least $20/hr. in the state.

  1. TRANSPORT/LOGISTICS/ BUILDING: Transportation, Storage & Distribution Managers: $28.38/hour. This is becoming the highest demand job cluster in the USA. At least a million jobs were open in Truck Driving by the end of May 2015.
  2. SALES: Sales Representatives, Wholesale/Manufacturing, Technical &Scientific Products: $28.09/hour
  3. SEA TRANSPORTATION: Captains, Mates, Pilots of Water Vessels: $27.16/hour
  4. SEA TRANSPORTATION: Ship Engineers: $26.77/hour
  5. INSURANCE: Claims Adjuster, Examiners, and Investigators, many in Healthcare Services: $26.68/hour
  6. CHEMISTRY: Chemical Plant and System Operator: $25.66/hour
  7. HEALTHCARE: Diagnostic Medical Sonographers: $24.59/hour
  8. HEALTHCARE: Registered Nurses (RNs): $24.50/hour
  9. HEALTHCARE: Dental Hygienists: $23.88/hour
  10. OIL& FUELS: Petroleum Pump System Operator, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers: $23.50/hour

Positions in Architecture require 4-year degrees or at least 2-year associated technical certificates overall. Construction Trades require a combination of education and on the job training; management positions may require a 4-year degrees.

For example, a Carpenter's Helper, in high demand in the New Orleans labor area can make $14+/hr on average, without post-secondary education. Apprenticeships in the construction trades may also be available.

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Location of the Most Jobs

Cities offering the largest numbers of job listings include the following list, also found on the map below. The top 10 cities for employment and the types of jobs most offered are:

  1. Baton Rouge: Healthcare and Louisiana State University jobs
  2. New Orleans: Healthcare, restaurants, hotels, and Tulane University jobs
  3. Lafayette: Healthcare, restaurants, and retail stores
  4. Shreveport: Hotel-resorts, restaurants, and entertainment
  5. Metairie: Healthcare, restaurants, and retail stores
  6. Lake Charles: Hotel-resorts and healthcare
  7. Slidell: Retail and restaurants
  8. Monroe: Healthcare, restaurants, and retail stores
  9. Bossier City: Jobs available in several industry sectors.
  10. Alexandria: Retail, grocery, restaurants, temporary employment agencies

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Native American Businesses are Successful

At least three resort-casinos in Louisiana are operated by Native American Nations but hire all nationalities. Additional job listings can be found at this link for JOB MONKEY.

Native American Nations in Louisiana own additional types of businesses as well and include the following nations and bands. The parish mentioned is equivalent to a county in other US States.


  • COUSHATTA (Port Allen Parish)
  • CHITIMACHA (St. Mary Parish)
  • TUNICA-BILOXI (Avoyelles Parish)
  • JENA BAND OF CHOCTAW (LaSalle Parish)


  • ADAI CADDO (Natchitoches Parsh)
  • CLIFTON CHOCTAW (Rapides Parish)

Area History: Native Americans In Louisiana

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Local Higher Education Is World Renown

Higher Education in Louisiana

Colleges, Universities, and Vocational Schools

Career Colleges Provide Practical Training for Good Jobs

Career College Cities In Louisiana

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Specific Career Colleges In Lousiana

  • Ayers Career College - Shreveport - Computers/IT, Medical Tech, HVAC.
  • American Commercial College - Shreveport - Accounting, business, medical, computer/IT.
  • Bryman College - New Orleans - Business, medical/dental/pharmacy.
  • Herzing College - New Orleans / Kenner - Business, medical/health/legal; computers/IT.
  • Blue Cliff College - Baton Rouge, Houma, Lafayette, Metairie, Shreveport - Medical assisting, massage therapy, criminal justice.
  • Remington College - Baton Rouge - Business, management, computers/IT, culinary, medical/dental/pharmacy, massage therapy, criminal justice.

Sports Opportunities in Louisiana

Some of the major sporting opportunities in the State of Louisiana are listed below. Many of these organizations post current job openings on their websites.

Collge Level Sports Clubs

League Sports Teams

Professional Team Sports

  • New Orleans Saints (NFL)
  • New Orleans Hornets (NBA)
  • Shreveport Sports
  • Houma Bayou Bucks
  • Lake Charles Land Sharks
  • New Orleans Shell Shockers


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    • george362 profile image


      7 years ago

      Very nice hub page, informative, interesting and valuable. Great work!

    • Jen_B80 profile image


      7 years ago from United States

      My family lives in New Orleans and they're all in the healthcare field. It's quite easy to find a job working at a hospital. Plus, schools like Delgado CC offer 2 year Nursing and Allied Health degrees. Not to mention the cost of living is cheap and the tuition low.

    • JamaGenee profile image

      Joanna McKenna 

      10 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Thanks, Patti. Alas, these particular relatives don't have any experience in the Top 10 in the first section, except maybe for Sales or Claims Adjuster...that's a thought. Will be looking forward to your hub on the Gulfport area!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

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

      dutch84 - thanks fo ryou comment!

      JamaGenee - Let's see - The Top 10 in my first section DON'T require degrees and they pay well. I will number them so they are easier to see. Also, healthcare has a lot more openings that don't require degrees - med techs, med assistants, LPNs) certificats of months up to 2 years), RNs (3-years I believe). I'll do a hub on Gulfport area and we'll see exactly what is there!

    • JamaGenee profile image

      Joanna McKenna 

      10 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Patti, if I read this correctly, the only jobs available to non-degreed, non-construction relatives of military personnel soon to be transferred to Gulfport MS would be in the casinos of Biloxi, right?

    • dutch84 profile image


      10 years ago

      your site is great


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