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Alexandria Employment

Employment and Industries in the Alexandria, Louisiana Area

Healthcare is the predominant industry in Alexandria. Jobs are also provided by companies in light manufacturing industries such as soap, chemicals and fertilizers. Jobs are also provided in the region by Union Tank Car Company, PlastiPak and Procter & Gamble. In addition, Alexandria is a notable distribution center for livestock, timber and farm products.

The employment sectors providing a significant percentage of jobs in Alexandria are healthcare, education, accommodation and food services, government, professional, scientific and technical services and social assistance. The largest occupation group is office and administrative employees.

The Central Louisiana Business Incubator offers a variety of services and resources for new companies. The incubator also helps existing businesses expand. An objective of the organization is to create high-paying new jobs in the region.

A list of the Alexandria region's major employers is provided below:

  • Rapides Parish School District
  • Rapides Healthcare System, LLC
  • Rapides Regional Medical Center
  • Christus Health Central Louisiana
  • Martco Limited Partnership
  • Parish of Rapides
  • City of Alexandria
  • Diocese of Alexandria
  • Golden Stock Enterprises, Inc
  • Afco Industries, Inc
  • St. Mary's Residential Training School
  • Lexington House
  • The Town Talk
  • Cenla Community Action, Committee, Incorporated
  • Gillory Bonding Service Inc
  • Bayou Health Care LLC
  • Timmons International, LLC
  • Ratcliff Construction Company LLC
  • Red River Bank
  • Central Louisiana Ambulatory Surgical Center, Inc
  • Procter & Gamble
  • International Paper
  • Dresser Industries
  • Boise Cascade
  • StarTek USA

Pertinent data about Alexandria, Louisiana: Ranked by Inc. Magazine as the 77th best place to conduct business out of a list of 393 of the nation's cities. In 2008 the cost of living index in the city was 82.5 and the national average is 100. Regarding the adult population, about 20% have acquired a bachelor's degree or better. In 2007 the estimated median household income in Alexandria was $32,000.

In Alexandria, Louisiana, companies are provided assistance from associations such as:

Those interested in staying up-to-date on Alexandria business and industry activities may want to visit the website thetowntalk.com.

Most Popular Jobs in Alexandria, Louisiana Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Registered nurses 2,280 $53,300 $40,260 - 73,060 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 950 $38,040 $30,530 - 48,420 14% 95%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 540 $39,760 $20,850 - 61,640 8% 51%
4 Social and human service assistants 240 $31,580 $15,980 - 50,980 34% 58%
5 Accountants and auditors 230 $62,890 $35,770 - 102,600 18% 79%
6 Pharmacists 220 $93,170 $48,850 - 125,140 22% 97%
7 Medical and health services managers 190 $71,300 $47,670 - 100,690 16% 57%
8 Financial managers 180 $64,650 $35,730 - 103,440 13% 60%
9 Lawyers 160 $104,200 $55,150 - 11% 99%
10 Community and social service specialists, all other 160 $25,590 $15,710 - 46,740 25% 58%
11 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 160 $0 $ - 13% 73%
12 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 150 $48,570 $34,320 - 62,320 12% 51%
13 Managers, all other 140 $57,020 $34,090 - 96,800 7% 55%
14 Sales managers 130 $74,000 $33,840 - 126,030 10% 69%
15 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 130 $63,870 $47,990 - 81,790 8% 78%
16 Teachers and instructors, all other 120 $45,290 $22,190 - 71,650 9% 54%
17 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 100 $55,370 $22,260 - 78,020 12% 51%
18 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 100 $26,550 $21,800 - 35,470 15% 51%
19 Industrial engineers 90 $67,610 $42,670 - 114,030 20% 74%
20 Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 90 $52,400 $26,130 - 103,340 15% 72%
21 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 90 $45,740 $26,510 - 67,250 5% 58%
22 Child, family, and school social workers 90 $42,080 $24,880 - 63,010 19% 77%
23 Physical therapists 80 $90,210 $71,640 - 107,170 27% 89%
24 Civil engineers 70 $73,200 $55,200 - 96,810 18% 87%
25 Occupational therapists 60 $65,290 $51,830 - 86,230 23% 90%
26 Engineers, all other 60 $52,390 $28,780 - 81,800 6% 82%
27 Computer programmers 60 $41,930 $18,920 - 57,130 -4% 73%
28 Medical and public health social workers 60 $35,540 $19,740 - 59,260 24% 77%
29 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 60 $33,450 $15,470 - 47,220 20% 87%
30 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 60 $25,610 $20,680 - 32,130 34% 73%
31 Physician assistants 50 $74,270 $39,520 - 87,670 27% 67%
32 Computer specialists, all other 50 $65,940 $52,240 - 82,310 15% 68%
33 Social and community service managers 50 $61,070 $36,780 - 90,320 25% 72%
34 Management analysts 50 $58,270 $29,950 - 85,790 22% 78%
35 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 50 $53,500 $37,970 - 73,900 17% 56%
36 Computer systems analysts 50 $50,730 $35,060 - 70,680 29% 68%
37 Public relations specialists 50 $48,830 $36,230 - 72,260 18% 81%
38 Advertising sales agents 50 $43,620 $22,920 - 63,640 20% 56%
39 Training and development specialists 50 $36,930 $23,820 - 56,150 18% 56%
40 Dentists, general 40 $104,720 $31,330 - 9% 100%
41 Veterinarians 40 $62,830 $44,410 - 80,540 35% 100%
42 Network and computer systems administrators 40 $57,280 $39,250 - 94,970 27% 50%
43 Dietitians and nutritionists 40 $50,880 $33,490 - 65,350 9% 72%
44 Surveyors 40 $44,150 $23,330 - 77,460 24% 82%
45 Chief executives 30 $154,830 $90,440 - 2% 65%
46 Architects, except landscape and naval 30 $60,820 $30,720 - 138,900 18% 88%
47 Speech-language pathologists 30 $60,440 $47,030 - 78,470 11% 98%
48 Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 30 $45,840 $41,180 - 51,160 14% 54%
49 Recreational therapists 30 $39,320 $27,070 - 60,450 4% 77%
50 Graphic designers 30 $33,400 $21,950 - 50,450 10% 55%
51 Floral designers 30 $18,430 $13,060 - 25,290 -9% 55%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Cashiers 2,120 $16,190 $12,870 - 20,910 -3% 10%
2 Retail salespersons 1,960 $21,940 $13,460 - 35,240 12% 25%
3 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,640 $20,770 $14,050 - 30,690 2% 5%
4 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,350 $23,800 $16,650 - 34,090 1% 18%
5 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,240 $19,750 $13,850 - 29,530 18% 7%
6 General and operations managers 1,190 $80,140 $37,410 - 155,280 2% 48%
7 Food preparation workers 1,070 $15,760 $12,900 - 20,030 15% 7%
8 Personal and home care aides 1,060 $18,470 $13,450 - 25,060 51% 10%
9 Waiters and waitresses 960 $14,930 $12,740 - 18,090 11% 14%
10 Maintenance and repair workers, general 950 $30,050 $14,730 - 50,960 10% 6%
11 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 940 $30,980 $17,280 - 46,020 10% 4%
12 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 870 $35,060 $21,770 - 51,490 6% 29%
13 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 860 $34,540 $26,600 - 44,760 14% 7%
14 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 820 $28,780 $17,320 - 40,420 13% 16%
15 Office clerks, general 820 $21,060 $13,710 - 32,640 13% 19%
16 Stock clerks and order fillers 750 $21,250 $13,460 - 31,850 -8% 8%
17 Teacher assistants 700 $14,980 $12,860 - 18,140 10% 18%
18 Home health aides 650 $17,690 $13,470 - 23,200 49% 7%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 630 $32,900 $21,790 - 47,820 4% 25%
20 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 620 $15,400 $12,870 - 19,120 13% 5%
21 Correctional officers and jailers 590 $37,890 $22,850 - 52,590 17% 11%
22 Receptionists and information clerks 580 $19,530 $13,810 - 26,930 17% 13%
23 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 570 $30,510 $18,600 - 47,880 8% 3%
24 Construction laborers 550 $25,090 $17,140 - 36,650 11% 5%
25 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 480 $16,780 $12,930 - 25,260 18% 5%
26 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 460 $31,920 $21,720 - 46,970 15% 18%
27 Electrical power-line installers and repairers 450 $37,250 $26,380 - 49,160 7% 6%
28 Carpenters 450 $31,970 $22,290 - 41,630 10% 6%
29 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 430 $15,870 $12,850 - 19,880 11% 5%
30 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 420 $28,830 $14,170 - 55,460 8% 4%
31 Customer service representatives 420 $28,630 $18,140 - 40,640 25% 22%
32 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 390 $26,110 $16,980 - 38,830 11% 14%
33 Child care workers 380 $14,300 $12,710 - 15,840 18% 15%
34 Bus drivers, school 370 $17,510 $14,410 - 20,120 9% 4%
35 Helpers--production workers 360 $26,420 $16,620 - 39,440 -1% 4%
36 Psychiatric aides 340 $19,290 $13,400 - 28,170 -0% 7%
37 Medical secretaries 320 $21,280 $16,680 - 27,790 17% 18%
38 Tellers 320 $19,230 $15,130 - 24,270 14% 16%
39 Business operations specialists, all other 300 $50,450 $27,410 - 88,750 21% 49%
40 Cooks, restaurant 300 $20,770 $15,900 - 27,110 12% 5%
41 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 290 $45,580 $29,050 - 69,020 9% 10%
42 Industrial truck and tractor operators 280 $30,560 $20,730 - 41,860 -2% 2%
43 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 260 $54,010 $30,860 - 80,230 7% 13%
44 Driver/sales workers 260 $30,330 $20,270 - 47,810 -5% 4%
45 First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 260 $28,720 $18,340 - 42,660 16% 26%
46 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 260 $28,110 $16,920 - 41,520 14% 4%
47 Preschool teachers, except special education 260 $18,780 $13,110 - 24,890 26% 43%
48 Cooks, fast food 260 $15,240 $12,930 - 18,670 8% 5%
49 First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 250 $47,240 $34,640 - 65,450 9% 33%
50 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 250 $30,750 $16,560 - 50,980 4% 6%
51 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 230 $47,600 $21,350 - 73,260 -5% 15%
52 Personal care and service workers, all other 230 $17,350 $13,300 - 19,760 -13% 21%
53 Insurance sales agents 220 $32,340 $21,130 - 48,520 13% 45%
54 Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 220 $28,580 $19,230 - 40,850 12% 3%
55 Psychiatric technicians 220 $21,320 $15,010 - 32,660 -3% 16%
56 Physicians and surgeons, all other 200 $183,310 $96,060 - 0% 0%
57 Radiologic technologists and technicians 200 $43,810 $34,250 - 58,450 15% 25%
58 Loan officers 200 $38,200 $24,180 - 69,240 12% 49%
59 Pharmacy technicians 200 $25,920 $18,550 - 36,480 32% 16%
60 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 200 $25,370 $19,210 - 33,180 4% 15%
61 Security guards 200 $23,310 $15,630 - 38,910 17% 13%
62 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 200 $22,730 $14,750 - 36,240 12% 0%
63 Healthcare support workers, all other 200 $22,150 $16,190 - 31,300 16% 10%
64 All other information and record clerks 180 $34,580 $22,610 - 47,000 -13% 21%
65 Medical assistants 180 $23,450 $15,460 - 32,120 35% 10%
66 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 170 $44,540 $31,110 - 53,760 11% 4%
67 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 170 $17,660 $12,980 - 25,000 10% 5%
68 Dishwashers 170 $15,010 $12,740 - 18,670 10% 3%
69 Painters, construction and maintenance 160 $33,990 $17,120 - 49,880 12% 6%
70 Legal secretaries 160 $27,020 $18,730 - 37,370 12% 18%
71 Electricians 150 $46,080 $30,220 - 63,640 7% 7%
72 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 150 $36,920 $27,440 - 47,630 16% 43%
73 Bill and account collectors 150 $27,270 $19,490 - 37,060 23% 13%
74 Loan interviewers and clerks 150 $20,980 $14,380 - 28,440 -1% 24%
75 Postal service mail carriers 150 $0 $ - 1% 11%
76 First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers 140 $51,730 $32,440 - 73,150 13% 25%
77 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 140 $45,600 $19,090 - 69,510 0% 42%
78 Paralegals and legal assistants 140 $36,130 $26,560 - 52,290 22% 45%
79 Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 140 $32,890 $22,200 - 50,630 12% 3%
80 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 140 $31,010 $15,780 - 44,340 11% 33%
81 Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 130 $50,960 $26,450 - 71,160 8% 9%
82 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 130 $48,510 $31,860 - 62,250 4% 30%
83 Sales representatives, services, all other 130 $39,800 $26,090 - 53,300 28% 48%
84 Maintenance workers, machinery 130 $35,660 $23,800 - 55,530 -1% 0%
85 Logging equipment operators 130 $35,080 $28,110 - 42,970 -1% 2%
86 Bakers 130 $22,450 $14,580 - 34,760 10% 8%
87 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 130 $21,890 $17,440 - 27,820 10% 24%
88 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 130 $19,320 $16,330 - 24,100 12% 6%
89 Counter and rental clerks 120 $26,160 $14,740 - 40,100 23% 16%
90 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 120 $15,010 $12,800 - 18,570 10% 17%
91 Construction managers 110 $61,070 $37,110 - 104,430 16% 29%
92 Medical records and health information technicians 110 $30,880 $18,230 - 49,660 18% 12%
93 Dental assistants 110 $27,600 $21,590 - 36,550 29% 9%
94 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 100 $51,340 $32,990 - 78,370 4% 38%
95 Civil engineering technicians 100 $43,310 $30,030 - 58,960 10% 18%
96 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 100 $39,120 $27,280 - 59,650 5% 2%
97 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 100 $30,200 $19,010 - 40,580 13% 11%
98 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 100 $28,100 $21,450 - 35,560 2% 11%
99 Meter readers, utilities 100 $27,160 $17,780 - 37,440 -10% 6%
100 Helpers--carpenters 100 $25,060 $18,250 - 31,130 12% 3%
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Jobs More Common Near Alexandria Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Logging equipment operators 35,080 130 47.6
Psychiatric aides 19,290 340 24.2
First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers 51,730 140 21
Psychiatric technicians 21,320 220 19.2
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 37,250 450 14.6
Personal care and service workers, all other 17,350 230 10.6
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 47,240 250 8.4
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 28,580 220 7.9
Meter readers, utilities 27,160 100 7.7
Correctional officers and jailers 37,890 590 7.5
Personal and home care aides 18,470 1,060 5.9
Maintenance workers, machinery 35,660 130 5.3
First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 28,720 260 5
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 30,510 570 4.1
Community and social service specialists, all other 25,590 160 4
Helpers--carpenters 25,060 100 3.6
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 22,730 200 3.5
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 15,870 430 3.3
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 34,540 860 3.2
Food preparation workers 15,760 1,070 3.1
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 32,890 140 3
Civil engineering technicians 43,310 100 3
Healthcare support workers, all other 22,150 200 2.7
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 50,960 130 2.5
Radiologic technologists and technicians 43,810 200 2.4
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 36,920 150 2.4
Bakers 22,450 130 2.4
Bus drivers, school 17,510 370 2.3
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 48,570 150 2.3
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 19,750 1,240 2.3
Registered nurses 53,300 2,280 2.2
Pharmacists 93,170 220 2.1
Helpers--production workers 26,420 360 2.1
All other information and record clerks 34,580 180 2.1
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 17,660 170 2
Social and human service assistants 31,580 240 1.9
Home health aides 17,690 650 1.9
Physicians and surgeons, all other 183,310 200 1.9
Maintenance and repair workers, general 30,050 950 1.9
Medical and health services managers 71,300 190 1.8
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 23,800 1,350 1.8
General and operations managers 80,140 1,190 1.8
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 20,770 1,640 1.8
Driver/sales workers 30,330 260 1.8
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 15,400 620 1.8
Elementary school teachers, except special education 38,040 950 1.7
Medical secretaries 21,280 320 1.7
Loan interviewers and clerks 20,980 150 1.7
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 26,550 100 1.7
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 0 160 1.7

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Alexandria, Louisiana Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 50,960 1.41 130
Teachers and instructors, all other 45,290 1.19 120
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 48,510 1.19 130
Driver/sales workers 30,330 1.16 260
Counter and rental clerks 26,160 1.12 120
Helpers--production workers 26,420 1.12 360
Social and human service assistants 31,580 1.11 240
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 30,750 1.08 250
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 28,580 1.08 220
Accountants and auditors 62,890 1.05 230
Logging equipment operators 35,080 1.05 130
All other information and record clerks 34,580 1.05 180
Physicians and surgeons, all other 183,310 1.03 200
Lawyers 104,200 1.02 160
Industrial truck and tractor operators 30,560 1.02 280
Correctional officers and jailers 37,890 1 590
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 28,830 1 420
Painters, construction and maintenance 33,990 0.99 160
Electricians 46,080 0.98 150
Medical records and health information technicians 30,880 0.98 110
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 16,780 0.97 480
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 44,540 0.97 170
Customer service representatives 28,630 0.96 420
Cooks, restaurant 20,770 0.96 300
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 54,010 0.95 260
Maintenance workers, machinery 35,660 0.95 130
Bakers 22,450 0.93 130
First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers 51,730 0.93 140
Stock clerks and order fillers 21,250 0.93 750
Personal and home care aides 18,470 0.93 1,060
Security guards 23,310 0.92 200
Pharmacy technicians 25,920 0.92 200
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 22,730 0.92 200
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 48,570 0.91 150
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 28,780 0.9 820
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 47,600 0.9 230
Retail salespersons 21,940 0.9 1,960
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 17,660 0.89 170
Pharmacists 93,170 0.89 220
Bill and account collectors 27,270 0.88 150
Cooks, fast food 15,240 0.88 260
Maintenance and repair workers, general 30,050 0.87 950
Cashiers 16,190 0.87 2,120
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 34,540 0.87 860
Dishwashers 15,010 0.87 170
Registered nurses 53,300 0.86 2,280
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 26,110 0.86 390
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 45,600 0.86 140
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 20,770 0.86 1,640
Radiologic technologists and technicians 43,810 0.86 200

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