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Louisiana Jobs and Career Information

RELATIVE POPULARITY

Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in Louisiana Than Elsewhere

Whether you're looking for a career to pursue, or just want to get a feel for occupations in the state, the table below should be helpful. And we haven't seen anything like it from anyone else.

This table tells us which jobs are more common in Louisiana, relative to the state population, compared to their popularity in every other US state. A Local Popularity Index of 1.0 matches the average across all US states; higher and lower numbers indicate the job is proportionally more or less popular here.

RankJobMean Local Salary .Local Jobs .Local Popularity Index
1Pump operators, except wellhead pumpers$35,7451,09028.4
2Sailors and marine oilers$30,8255,50026.2
3Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels$58,8455,74024.3
4Ship engineers$57,8031,49019.7
5Derrick operators, oil and gas$41,18097017.7
6Motorboat operators$31,26515016.4
7Chemical plant and system operators$53,4865,95016.3
8Bridge and lock tenders$32,27021015.0
9Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers$43,7483,96013.9
10Floor sanders and finishers$23,26017013.7
11Roustabouts, oil and gas$25,5922,52012.4
12Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining$34,18097011.0
13Slot key persons$21,7201,10010.1
14Precision instrument and equipment repairers$40,8806109.2
15Riggers$27,7506009.0
16Wellhead pumpers$45,5801808.5
17Epidemiologists$46,0301408.2
18Rotary drill operators, oil and gas$46,3705407.7
19Gaming cage workers$20,1038407.0
20Boilermakers$40,1405806.1
21Gaming dealers$14,6803,9605.3
22Gaming supervisors$39,2701,1205.1
23Electrical and electronics installers and repairers, transportation equipment$36,8402204.9
24Extraction workers$33,2101104.9
25Crane and tower operators$37,1501,8204.8
26Court reporters$41,9903304.7
27Marine engineers and naval architects$62,9201904.5
28Petroleum engineers$92,2605904.5
29Entertainment attendants and related workers$17,3857604.5
30First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers$41,7838204.4
31Logging equipment operators$33,1202904.4
32Chemical equipment operators and tenders$46,1901,6104.4
33Commercial pilots$58,0446504.3
34Helpers, construction trades$20,8929904.0
35Grounds maintenance workers$22,8731804.0
36Psychiatric aides$19,6941,6204.0
37Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders$21,1803103.9
38Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers$67,3231,0403.8
39Drafters$42,9764403.8
40Chemical engineers$86,4359303.7
41Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers$33,12212,5303.6
42Occupational health and safety technicians$48,2001703.5
43Insulation workers, mechanical$26,9903003.4
44Set and exhibit designers$41,9901803.3
45Transportation attendants, except flight attendants and baggage porters$15,3804503.2
46Earth drillers, except oil and gas$37,0601503.2
47Tank car, truck, and ship loaders$29,7702603.2
48Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines$36,7033,9203.2
49Agricultural inspectors$38,4301503.1
50Chemical technicians$42,8721,7302.9
51Respiratory therapy technicians$36,5664402.8
52Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners$28,8801702.7
53Radiation therapists$53,8052102.7
54Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters$24,0531,9402.7
55Bailiffs$25,9852102.7
56Reinforcing iron and rebar workers$34,7904902.6
57Helpers--painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons$19,3204202.6
58Structural iron and steel workers$31,9041,5602.5
59Millwrights$36,3368102.4
60Cooks$16,9751902.4
61Maintenance workers, machinery$31,5801,7102.3
62Cooks, institution and cafeteria$15,1959,0102.3
63Aircraft mechanics and service technicians$46,4802,0502.2
64Industrial machinery mechanics$39,7284,9702.2
65Fiberglass laminators and fabricators$23,9302802.2
66Shampooers$13,7903402.1
67Dietetic technicians$16,7524202.1
68Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters$38,4579,9202.0
69Cooks, fast food$13,53013,5302.0
70Personal care and service workers$15,8751,0302.0
71Chefs and head cooks$33,3932,5201.9
72Material moving workers$25,2367301.9
73Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses$30,74514,7701.9
74Electrical power-line installers and repairers$39,0631,3301.9
75Environmental engineering technicians$47,2502801.9
76Pest control workers$21,9261,3401.9
77Cooks, short order$14,6833,6301.9
78Respiratory therapists$41,0581,7901.9
79Community and social service specialists$31,5161,9601.9
80Surgical technologists$29,0751,5201.8
81Health and safety engineers, except mining safety engineers and inspectors$63,0774501.8
82Recreational therapists$34,5854001.8
83Helpers--carpenters$20,5361,7401.8
84Gaming change persons and booth cashiers$18,3403601.8
85Surveying and mapping technicians$27,3561,1901.8
86Surveyors$41,3761,0301.8
87Transportation inspectors$48,7552601.8
88Correctional officers and jailers$27,9004,5401.8
89Medical and clinical laboratory technologists$43,4332,9301.7
90Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation$39,4953,2401.7
91Structural metal fabricators and fitters$33,0381,5001.7
92Coin, vending, and amusement machine servicers and repairers$25,9846401.7
93Personal and home care aides$14,3739,7001.7
94Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists$36,4201,0201.7
95Motion picture projectionists$15,0601201.7
96Postsecondary teachers$56,5153,3001.7
97Educational, vocational, and school counselors$42,9183,7901.7
98Helpers--electricians$22,4481,4401.6
99General and operations managers$79,05031,9001.6
100Food preparation workers$14,08016,6101.6

ABSOLUTE POPULARITY

The Most Common Jobs in Louisiana

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in Louisiana are unusually common compared to other states, the table below lists jobs which are the most common in raw numbers in the state.

RankJob Local Jobs .Mean Local Salary .Local Popularity Index
1Cashiers54,290$14,3101.4
2Retail salespersons49,290$21,0021.0
3Registered nurses34,350$49,6181.3
4Office clerks, general33,510$18,1681.0
5General and operations managers31,900$79,0501.6
6Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand31,760$18,8801.2
7Waiters and waitresses29,680$14,0421.1
8Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive28,800$22,3471.5
9Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners26,380$16,3551.1
10Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks22,800$26,2501.1
11Customer service representatives21,600$23,1410.9
12Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants20,690$16,2281.4
13Maintenance and repair workers, general19,920$27,5761.4
14Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer17,500$30,3031.1
15Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products17,210$45,3411.0
16Food preparation workers16,610$14,0801.6
17First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers16,290$36,0571.0
18Stock clerks and order fillers16,180$18,8700.9
19Elementary school teachers, except special education14,940$37,8571.0
20Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses14,770$30,7451.9
21Security guards14,700$19,2961.2
22Executive secretaries and administrative assistants14,210$30,9250.8
23First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers13,910$31,5961.1
24Receptionists and information clerks13,850$19,4271.1
25Cooks, fast food13,530$13,5302.0
26Maids and housekeeping cleaners13,510$13,8231.4
27Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food13,490$14,0170.5
28Truck drivers, light or delivery services12,940$22,1451.2
29Construction laborers12,740$21,8261.2
30Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers12,530$33,1223.6
31Accountants and auditors10,240$46,5850.8
32Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters9,920$38,4572.0
33First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers9,850$24,7981.2
34Carpenters9,830$30,3860.9
35Personal and home care aides9,700$14,3731.7
36Cooks, restaurant9,400$18,3161.0
37Cooks, institution and cafeteria9,010$15,1952.3
38Tellers8,870$20,0011.4
39Electricians8,310$38,6931.2
40Automotive service technicians and mechanics7,920$29,7271.1
41Teacher assistants7,900$14,7970.6
42First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers7,580$44,9261.2
43Child care workers7,320$13,5431.2
44First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers7,020$47,2421.0
45Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks6,870$24,8830.8
46Bartenders6,850$14,8881.3
47Landscaping and groundskeeping workers6,850$18,5370.7
48First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers6,500$47,6401.3
49Chemical plant and system operators5,950$53,48616.3
50Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education5,950$38,5400.6
51Industrial truck and tractor operators5,840$25,1410.9
52Dishwashers5,810$13,4221.0
53Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels5,740$58,84524.3
54Home health aides5,710$16,0330.8
55Lawyers5,670$95,5550.8
56Business operations specialists5,630$50,4420.5
57Police and sheriff's patrol officers5,520$30,4721.0
58Sailors and marine oilers5,500$30,82526.2
59Helpers--production workers5,490$21,1901.0
60Billing and posting clerks and machine operators5,460$24,0600.9
61Industrial machinery mechanics4,970$39,7282.2
62Financial managers4,880$67,5860.8
63Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators4,850$30,7581.3
64Bus drivers, school4,730$14,3081.1
65Painters, construction and maintenance4,700$28,2871.6
66Managers4,680$60,5721.2
67Insurance sales agents4,670$49,5471.4
68Teachers and instructors4,570$44,4311.0
69Correctional officers and jailers4,540$27,9001.8
70Bill and account collectors4,480$24,9450.9
71Medical assistants4,380$21,1941.0
72Sales managers4,170$70,7131.1
73Machinists4,160$35,0981.1
74Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products4,140$57,2111.0
75Counter and rental clerks4,120$20,5170.8
76Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers3,960$43,74813.9
77Gaming dealers3,960$14,6805.3
78Cleaners of vehicles and equipment3,940$15,9461.0
79Laundry and dry-cleaning workers3,930$15,3061.6
80Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines3,920$36,7033.2
81Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop3,820$14,5111.0
82Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers3,820$13,4180.8
83Computer support specialists3,820$37,7060.6
84Loan officers3,810$43,5861.0
85Educational, vocational, and school counselors3,790$42,9181.7
86Driver/sales workers3,740$24,6310.8
87Cooks, short order3,630$14,6831.9
88Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers3,630$36,0080.7
89Legal secretaries3,600$31,0211.2
90Computer systems analysts3,600$56,7660.6
91Postal service mail carriers3,590$43,7550.9
92Production workers3,540$24,4061.3
93All other information and record clerks3,530$29,4051.0
94Team assemblers3,430$26,2250.3
95Paralegals and legal assistants3,390$35,7971.3
96Social and human service assistants3,380$28,1421.0
97Postsecondary teachers3,300$56,5151.7
98Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation3,240$39,4951.7
99Pharmacy technicians3,210$22,6511.1
100Pharmacists3,190$79,5071.2

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