Louisiana Job Outlook: Fastest Growing Louisiana (LA) Careers

Louisiana is known for Cajun food, fishing and...computer science? That's right - according to the U.S. Department of Labor, systems software developer is projected to be among the fastest-growing jobs in the state of Louisiana from 2014-2024. Read on to learn more about the hottest careers in this southern state.

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Louisiana Overview

How has the state of Louisiana been doing since Katrina and the national recession? The state has shown resiliency and the ability to emerge from natural and economic disasters; in May 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that Louisiana had an unemployment rate of 4.6%, just slightly higher than the national average. As of May 2017, the BLS further reports, the average hourly wage for Louisiana workers was $19.99.

The Fastest-Growing Careers in Louisiana

Computers, healthcare and manual labor jobs lead the list of the fastest growing careers in Louisiana, according to CareerOneStop, a tool of the U.S. Department of Labor. Through 2024, the following careers will see the greatest percentage change in the Bayou State:

  • Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders
  • Systems Software Developers
  • Refractory Materials Repairers, except Brickmasons
  • Applications Software Developers
  • Metal Pourers and Casters
  • Interpreters and Translators
  • Commercial Divers
  • Materials Engineers
  • Computer and Information Research Scientists
  • Home Health Aides

Most-Declining Careers in LA

Many jobs in Louisiana as well as across the U.S. are seeing a decline, mostly due to automation. The following careers, according to CareerOneStop, are among those that will see significant decline through 2024:

  • Motor Vehicle Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers
  • Switchboard Operators, including Answering Service
  • Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators
  • Motion Picture Projectionists
  • Desktop Publishers
  • Parking Enforcement Workers
  • Fallers
  • Metal and Plastic Model Makers
  • Metal and Plastic Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators and Tenders
  • Computer Operators
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