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Houma Employment

Employment and Industries in the Houma, Louisiana Area

Houma includes industries that refine and ship locally produced petroleum, natural gas, sugar and sulfur. Houma is also a center for lumber, seafood products and finance. The top employment sectors in the city are healthcare, mining, construction, accommodation and food services, government and social services. Houma also has numerous metal and plastic workers. Sales and office occupations comprise about 27% of the labor force. About 24% of the workforce is employed in management, professional and related occupations.

The major employers in Houma, Louisiana are:

  • Terrebone Parish School Board
  • Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc
  • Pride Offshore, Inc
  • Hospital Service District 1 of Terrebone Parish
  • Offshore Drilling Co
  • Terrebone Parish Consolidated Government
  • Performance Energy Services, LLC
  • Chet Morrison Contractors, Inc
  • Trico Marine Operators, Inc
  • Trico Marine Assets Inc
  • Cannata Corporation
  • Cenac Towing Co, Inc
  • Wood Group Production Services, Inc
  • Offshore Speciality Fabricators, Inc
  • Delta Towing, LLC
  • Cannata's Super Market, Inc

Some of the most common jobs where the majority of the workers are college graduates are teachers, registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, commercial pilots, managers, educational, vocational and school counselors; financial managers, social and human service assistants; and pharmacists.

Pertinent information about Houma Louisiana: In 2009 the average earnings in the city was $29,000. In 2008 the cost of living index in Houma was 81.1 which is low when compared to the country's average of 100. Regarding the adult residents, approximately 14% have achieved a bachelor's degree or better.

In Houma, Louisiana, businesses have opportunities to collaborate with useful associations including:

People interested in keeping up-to-date with local business and industry activities can visit HoumaToday.com.

Most Popular Jobs in Houma, 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 Elementary school teachers, except special education 1,900 $41,960 $34,680 - 50,940 14% 95%
2 Registered nurses 1,310 $57,430 $43,630 - 72,610 24% 56%
3 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 760 $42,370 $34,490 - 51,850 6% 96%
4 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 670 $49,830 $27,630 - 79,820 8% 51%
5 Accountants and auditors 400 $47,990 $29,550 - 73,810 18% 79%
6 Teachers and instructors, all other 330 $54,330 $28,340 - 127,580 9% 54%
7 Commercial pilots 300 $65,470 $38,820 - 96,030 13% 74%
8 Managers, all other 290 $63,230 $32,170 - 98,810 7% 55%
9 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 250 $45,100 $33,820 - 56,860 13% 73%
10 Financial managers 230 $87,520 $48,320 - 146,800 13% 60%
11 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 210 $68,970 $32,080 - 119,490 12% 51%
12 Social and human service assistants 210 $30,420 $18,020 - 47,750 34% 58%
13 Sales managers 170 $81,290 $44,430 - 145,030 10% 69%
14 Pharmacists 160 $97,230 $72,800 - 125,090 22% 97%
15 Librarians 130 $41,050 $28,350 - 51,680 4% 85%
16 Medical and health services managers 120 $64,310 $40,360 - 102,460 16% 57%
17 Engineers, all other 120 $63,550 $46,540 - 81,560 6% 82%
18 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 120 $48,590 $28,440 - 73,240 5% 58%
19 Child, family, and school social workers 110 $41,780 $23,840 - 63,580 19% 77%
20 Civil engineers 100 $77,530 $54,780 - 103,430 18% 87%
21 Instructional coordinators 100 $46,930 $35,310 - 60,740 23% 79%
22 Management analysts 90 $64,820 $32,390 - 108,240 22% 78%
23 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 90 $48,560 $37,540 - 61,780 12% 51%
24 Legislators 90 $0 $ - 1% 65%
25 Advertising sales agents 80 $34,670 $15,610 - 53,100 20% 56%
26 Coaches and scouts 80 $30,930 $14,940 - 50,970 15% 60%
27 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 80 $30,200 $16,690 - 49,250 15% 51%
28 Occupational health and safety specialists 70 $55,820 $24,880 - 77,970 8% 72%
29 Surveyors 70 $45,820 $26,290 - 78,620 24% 82%
30 Private detectives and investigators 70 $0 $ - 18% 52%
31 Physical therapists 60 $80,300 $58,650 - 101,620 27% 89%
32 Social and community service managers 60 $52,370 $25,680 - 75,050 25% 72%
33 Training and development specialists 60 $37,300 $22,300 - 64,620 18% 56%
34 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 50 $80,660 $45,910 - 134,540 25% 67%
35 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 50 $43,190 $35,420 - 51,650 20% 87%
36 Dietitians and nutritionists 50 $37,860 $27,000 - 50,900 9% 72%
37 Mental health counselors 50 $25,150 $14,150 - 36,940 30% 73%
38 Floral designers 50 $19,750 $13,400 - 28,710 -9% 55%
39 Chief executives 40 $133,870 $42,070 - 2% 65%
40 Engineering managers 40 $108,430 $70,180 - 7% 84%
41 Network and computer systems administrators 40 $54,650 $40,190 - 77,380 27% 50%
42 Computer systems analysts 40 $54,190 $38,130 - 67,050 29% 68%
43 Computer programmers 40 $48,850 $30,650 - 75,810 -4% 73%
44 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 40 $47,340 $29,080 - 68,390 18% 56%
45 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 40 $37,280 $27,840 - 49,770 18% 56%
46 Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 30 $52,630 $19,000 - 104,460 15% 72%
47 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 30 $45,130 $34,400 - 56,000 17% 56%
48 Graphic designers 30 $33,340 $23,550 - 47,200 10% 55%
49 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 30 $33,040 $17,840 - 40,800 30% 77%
50 Network systems and data communications analysts 30 $0 $ - 53% 57%
51 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 30 $0 $ - 25% 93%

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 Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels 3,350 $73,810 $36,240 - 107,020 18% 21%
2 Cashiers 3,270 $16,330 $12,840 - 21,550 -3% 10%
3 Retail salespersons 2,750 $23,770 $13,710 - 39,000 12% 25%
4 Sailors and marine oilers 2,700 $37,380 $23,190 - 56,350 16% 17%
5 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 2,670 $38,080 $28,100 - 49,320 5% 2%
6 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 2,610 $22,390 $15,200 - 31,610 2% 5%
7 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 2,190 $25,220 $17,580 - 35,010 1% 18%
8 Office clerks, general 1,880 $19,700 $13,380 - 29,030 13% 19%
9 General and operations managers 1,810 $94,520 $45,120 - 2% 48%
10 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,400 $29,910 $16,220 - 44,960 10% 4%
11 Maintenance and repair workers, general 1,370 $34,240 $17,920 - 50,500 10% 6%
12 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,370 $21,320 $13,930 - 34,400 15% 4%
13 Food preparation workers 1,350 $16,720 $12,930 - 23,520 15% 7%
14 Waiters and waitresses 1,190 $14,330 $12,730 - 16,110 11% 14%
15 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,180 $28,960 $18,870 - 40,560 13% 16%
16 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,070 $21,990 $14,270 - 31,370 18% 7%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 1,050 $33,800 $20,310 - 49,080 4% 25%
18 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,000 $21,080 $13,820 - 30,720 -8% 8%
19 Helpers--production workers 990 $24,460 $18,560 - 30,960 -1% 4%
20 Bus drivers, school 950 $16,330 $13,100 - 20,070 9% 4%
21 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 880 $38,400 $22,330 - 62,650 6% 29%
22 Receptionists and information clerks 850 $20,100 $14,160 - 26,410 17% 13%
23 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 840 $39,190 $27,670 - 51,810 14% 7%
24 Machinists 800 $38,160 $24,150 - 55,320 -3% 3%
25 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 800 $37,090 $18,100 - 53,280 11% 4%
26 Customer service representatives 780 $26,760 $16,690 - 40,880 25% 22%
27 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 740 $53,640 $29,990 - 82,380 -5% 15%
28 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 730 $25,060 $14,380 - 38,850 8% 4%
29 Roustabouts, oil and gas 710 $36,720 $21,220 - 50,940 -3% 0%
30 Riggers 690 $34,400 $14,620 - 55,850 -0% 0%
31 Teacher assistants 690 $15,860 $13,020 - 19,760 10% 18%
32 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 690 $15,170 $12,820 - 19,080 18% 5%
33 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 680 $33,060 $23,280 - 44,820 15% 18%
34 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 630 $36,610 $27,100 - 44,620 8% 3%
35 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 600 $53,360 $34,490 - 76,910 7% 13%
36 Carpenters 600 $33,400 $23,160 - 47,910 10% 6%
37 Counter and rental clerks 600 $28,050 $14,570 - 49,210 23% 16%
38 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 600 $27,510 $18,020 - 40,940 11% 14%
39 Ship engineers 590 $58,560 $30,270 - 85,130 14% 17%
40 Tellers 580 $20,920 $16,670 - 25,620 14% 16%
41 Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 550 $40,100 $24,830 - 56,190 -5% 0%
42 Electricians 540 $45,730 $29,570 - 72,640 7% 7%
43 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 530 $17,480 $13,120 - 23,050 11% 5%
44 Structural metal fabricators and fitters 520 $44,120 $29,930 - 71,010 -0% 0%
45 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 510 $58,120 $34,340 - 86,860 9% 10%
46 Construction laborers 510 $24,210 $17,510 - 32,200 11% 5%
47 Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 490 $42,520 $28,830 - 61,270 12% 3%
48 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 490 $33,610 $14,880 - 55,470 2% 11%
49 Metal workers and plastic workers, all other 470 $19,380 $16,700 - 23,730 -25% 3%
50 Crane and tower operators 450 $53,780 $29,030 - 94,820 3% 0%
51 Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 450 $41,750 $24,220 - 61,150 -13% 7%
52 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 450 $33,110 $22,650 - 48,530 11% 33%
53 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 450 $16,260 $12,930 - 22,150 13% 5%
54 Industrial machinery mechanics 430 $41,060 $28,670 - 58,440 9% 5%
55 Cooks, restaurant 430 $18,070 $13,410 - 25,090 12% 5%
56 Rotary drill operators, oil and gas 420 $56,620 $35,110 - 81,750 -5% 0%
57 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 420 $22,710 $16,320 - 30,610 12% 0%
58 Personal and home care aides 410 $16,910 $13,110 - 20,510 51% 10%
59 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 390 $27,640 $17,310 - 44,220 4% 6%
60 Industrial truck and tractor operators 380 $31,540 $20,570 - 46,060 -2% 2%
61 Production workers, all other 370 $32,160 $17,900 - 48,560 2% 5%
62 Cooks, fast food 370 $14,710 $12,790 - 16,710 8% 5%
63 Business operations specialists, all other 360 $49,860 $14,020 - 79,040 21% 49%
64 Painters, construction and maintenance 360 $33,660 $26,840 - 40,410 12% 6%
65 Security guards 350 $21,400 $16,590 - 30,160 17% 13%
66 Packers and packagers, hand 320 $16,660 $12,910 - 24,640 -12% 3%
67 Bartenders 320 $15,840 $12,810 - 21,830 11% 17%
68 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 290 $38,460 $21,970 - 59,340 14% 4%
69 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 290 $19,800 $13,180 - 32,040 18% 6%
70 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 280 $45,670 $26,330 - 72,140 -7% 14%
71 Derrick operators, oil and gas 280 $45,520 $27,490 - 63,190 -6% 0%
72 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 280 $26,470 $18,790 - 35,780 4% 15%
73 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 270 $49,910 $28,300 - 77,450 10% 17%
74 Child care workers 270 $15,170 $12,790 - 19,280 18% 15%
75 Medical assistants 260 $22,860 $17,540 - 30,010 35% 10%
76 Cooks, all other 250 $26,000 $15,270 - 38,450 3% 5%
77 Bakers 250 $17,610 $13,700 - 22,160 10% 8%
78 Dishwashers 250 $15,630 $12,780 - 19,600 10% 3%
79 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 230 $43,600 $27,670 - 65,140 0% 42%
80 Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 230 $23,020 $15,990 - 31,670 12% 3%
81 Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers 230 $16,420 $13,350 - 19,340 11% 2%
82 Insurance sales agents 220 $67,450 $27,500 - 13% 45%
83 Maintenance workers, machinery 220 $36,460 $20,340 - 59,550 -1% 0%
84 Parts salespersons 210 $27,040 $13,990 - 46,570 -2% 6%
85 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 210 $14,530 $12,710 - 16,890 10% 17%
86 Pharmacy technicians 200 $24,160 $17,480 - 31,050 32% 16%
87 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 190 $31,680 $18,710 - 43,150 12% 3%
88 Dental assistants 190 $23,760 $17,130 - 32,950 29% 9%
89 Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 180 $47,600 $34,010 - 62,410 11% 11%
90 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 180 $42,230 $29,130 - 58,350 -3% 6%
91 Painters, transportation equipment 180 $36,320 $26,420 - 54,300 8% 4%
92 Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 180 $30,940 $14,560 - 49,770 8% 9%
93 Home health aides 180 $18,280 $13,170 - 27,260 49% 7%
94 Driver/sales workers 170 $19,970 $13,010 - 37,600 -5% 4%
95 Cooks, short order 170 $14,530 $12,750 - 16,930 5% 5%
96 Postal service mail carriers 170 $0 $ - 1% 11%
97 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 160 $44,660 $24,310 - 73,170 13% 17%
98 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 160 $16,870 $13,130 - 21,130 17% 14%
99 Loan officers 150 $47,990 $22,020 - 75,800 12% 49%
100 Chefs and head cooks 150 $40,870 $18,560 - 53,250 8% 14%
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Jobs More Common Near Houma Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Bridge and lock tenders 24,340 100 476.2
Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels 73,810 3,350 204.1
Sailors and marine oilers 37,380 2,700 160.6
Riggers 34,400 690 149.1
Ship engineers 58,560 590 119.9
Pump operators, except wellhead pumpers 39,530 140 74.7
Roustabouts, oil and gas 36,720 710 50.5
Rotary drill operators, oil and gas 56,620 420 47.7
Derrick operators, oil and gas 45,520 280 43.3
Cooks, all other 26,000 250 41.8
Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 40,100 550 40.9
Metal workers and plastic workers, all other 19,380 470 27.7
Commercial pilots 65,470 300 25.5
Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 41,750 450 23.1
Crane and tower operators 53,780 450 22.6
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 38,080 2,670 11.9
Structural metal fabricators and fitters 44,120 520 7.9
Painters, transportation equipment 36,320 180 6.6
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 42,520 490 6.4
Maintenance workers, machinery 36,460 220 5.4
Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers 16,420 230 5.3
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 23,020 230 5
Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders 20,870 100 4.4
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 22,710 420 4.4
Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators 33,200 120 4.2
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 33,610 490 3.8
Bus drivers, school 16,330 950 3.6
Helpers--production workers 24,460 990 3.4
Machinists 38,160 800 3.2
Bakers 17,610 250 2.8
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 36,610 630 2.7
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 37,090 800 2.7
Structural iron and steel workers 33,340 100 2.7
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 47,600 180 2.7
Industrial machinery mechanics 41,060 430 2.6
Production workers, all other 32,160 370 2.5
Health technologists and technicians, all other 26,220 110 2.5
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 17,480 530 2.5
Surveying and mapping technicians 31,690 110 2.4
Chefs and head cooks 40,870 150 2.4
Food preparation workers 16,720 1,350 2.4
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 42,230 180 2.3
Elementary school teachers, except special education 41,960 1,900 2.1
Painters, construction and maintenance 33,660 360 2.1
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 53,360 600 2.1
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 30,940 180 2.1
Counter and rental clerks 28,050 600 2
Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 60,210 120 1.9
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 49,910 270 1.9
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 39,190 840 1.9

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Teachers and instructors, all other 54,330 1.43 330
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 45,670 1.36 280
Team assemblers 36,730 1.34 150
Structural metal fabricators and fitters 44,120 1.31 520
Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels 73,810 1.22 3,350
Physicians and surgeons, all other 216,400 1.21 130
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 42,230 1.21 180
Counter and rental clerks 28,050 1.2 600
Insurance sales agents 67,450 1.2 220
Crane and tower operators 53,780 1.18 450
Roustabouts, oil and gas 36,720 1.16 710
Production workers, all other 32,160 1.11 370
Rotary drill operators, oil and gas 56,620 1.1 420
Sailors and marine oilers 37,380 1.09 2,700
Derrick operators, oil and gas 45,520 1.08 280
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 38,080 1.08 2,670
Social and human service assistants 30,420 1.07 210
Order clerks 30,070 1.07 120
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 38,460 1.06 290
Sales representatives, services, all other 54,630 1.05 110
Industrial truck and tractor operators 31,540 1.05 380
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 44,660 1.04 160
Helpers--production workers 24,460 1.04 990
Machinists 38,160 1.03 800
Child, family, and school social workers 41,780 1.03 110
Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 40,100 1.02 550
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 53,640 1.01 740
Chefs and head cooks 40,870 1.01 150
Cooks, all other 26,000 1.01 250
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 58,120 1 510
Maintenance and repair workers, general 34,240 1 1,370
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 39,190 0.99 840
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 42,520 0.99 490
Painters, construction and maintenance 33,660 0.98 360
General and operations managers 94,520 0.98 1,810
Electricians 45,730 0.98 540
Retail salespersons 23,770 0.97 2,750
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 27,640 0.97 390
Maintenance workers, machinery 36,460 0.97 220
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 33,610 0.97 490
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 48,590 0.96 120
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 49,910 0.96 270
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 47,600 0.96 180
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 19,920 0.95 110
Computer support specialists 39,800 0.95 110
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 68,970 0.95 210
Financial managers 87,520 0.94 230
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 53,360 0.94 600
Commercial pilots 65,470 0.94 300
Registered nurses 57,430 0.93 1,310

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