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Lafayette Employment

Employment and Industries in the Lafayette, Louisiana Area

Lafayette is regarded as the economic and retail center of the Acadiana area. The petroleum and gas industry is a major factor for the economy. Lafayette also has a prominent tourism industry. Lafayette's largest job providing sectors are healthcare, education, oil and gas, social assistance; arts, entertainment and recreation; professional, scientific and technical services; and accommodation and food services.

About 35% of the labor force is comprised of management, professional and related workers. About 26% of the labor force is found in sales and office occupations.

Some of the most common jobs where the majority of the workers are college graduates are registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, lawyers, sales managers, financial managers, petroleum engineers, pharmacists, mechanical engineers and educational, vocational and school counselors.

The following is a list of the top employers in the Lafayette region:

  • School Board Lafayette Parish - Education
  • Lafayette Consolidated Government - Government
  • Univ of La Lafayette - Education
  • Lafayette General Medical CTR - Healthcare
  • Walmart Stores Inc - Retail trade
  • Island Operating Company - Oil and gas
  • Stuller Inc - Manufacturing
  • Halliburton Energy SVC - Oil and gas
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Reg Med CT - Healthcare
  • Cingular Wireless - Telecommunications
  • University Medical CTR - Healthcare
  • Omni Energy Services, Corp - Oil and gas
  • Mac-Laff Inc - Service
  • Moncla Well Service Inc - Oil and gas
  • Acadian Ambulance & Air Med Services Inc - Healthcare/transportation
  • ESS Support Services Worldwide - Retail Trade
  • The Ace Group - Transportation
  • Frank's Casing Crew - Oil and gas
  • Women's & Children's Hospital - Healthcare
  • Lafayette Parish government - Government

Pertinent data about Lafayette, Louisiana: Approximately 31% of the residents over the age of 25 have earned a bachelor's degree or better. In 2009 the average earnings in Lafayette was $35,000. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 85.9 which is less than the nation's average of 100.

Lafayette companies are able to collaborate with helpful associations including:

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Jobs in Lafayette

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 204100 $39350 $18.92 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 29880 $31740 $15.26 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 25280 $32170 $15.47 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 19430 $19740 $9.49 8.3
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 17320 $35110 $16.88 6.45
6 Production Occupations 15970 $40930 $19.68 5.85
7 Construction and Extraction Occupations 12910 $42480 $20.42 4.4
8 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 12830 $41980 $20.18 3.8
9 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 12680 $59100 $28.42 5.75
10 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 9030 $44530 $21.41 6.15
11 Cashiers 8280 $19210 $9.24 2.25
12 Management Occupations 8270 $92710 $44.57 6.05
13 Personal Care and Service Occupations 8160 $21200 $10.19 4.1
14 Retail Salespersons 6890 $25450 $12.24 3.1
15 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 5780 $59770 $28.74 5.05
16 Healthcare Support Occupations 5540 $23320 $11.21 3.05
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 5460 $22410 $10.77 3.7
18 Office Clerks, General 4890 $25600 $12.31 2
19 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 4860 $27720 $13.33 1.6
20 Waiters and Waitresses 4280 $17630 $8.48 1.6
21 Food Preparation Workers 4130 $18190 $8.74 0.6
22 Personal Care Aides 4070 $18560 $8.92 1.3
23 Registered Nurses 3860 $60040 $28.87 1.9
24 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 3640 $57750 $27.77 1
25 Protective Service Occupations 3580 $35160 $16.91 2.25
26 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 3410 $78960 $37.96 1.65
27 General and Operations Managers 3400 $109480 $52.63 1.4
28 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 3010 $35920 $17.27 0.9
29 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 3000 $28960 $13.92 1.6
30 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2750 $23080 $11.1 1.2
31 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 2690 $43740 $21.03 0.3
32 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 2680 $36040 $17.33 1.1
33 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2630 $21660 $10.42 1.6
34 Customer Service Representatives 2610 $31450 $15.12 1.75
35 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2470 $18560 $8.92 2.15
36 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2440 $37930 $18.24 1.2
37 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 2340 $35740 $17.18 1
38 Community and Social Service Occupations 2320 $38560 $18.54 1.65
39 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 2310 $47870 $23.02 1
40 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 2200 $35930 $17.28 0.5
41 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1970 $23960 $11.52 0.7
42 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1950 $32930 $15.83 0.6
43 Nursing Assistants 1950 $20170 $9.7 1.05
44 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1870 $28380 $13.65 0.6
45 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 1640 $60700 $29.19 0.7
46 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1630 $57640 $27.71 2.8
47 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 1610 $45730 $21.99 0.3
48 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1570 $46890 $22.54 1.7
49 Home Health Aides 1540 $19010 $9.14 0.7
50 Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers 1530 $46820 $22.51 0
51 Legal Occupations 1510 $63800 $30.67 0.8
52 Construction Laborers 1440 $31650 $15.22 0.8
53 Electricians 1330 $46380 $22.3 0.4
54 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1280 $62750 $30.17 0.4
55 Machinists 1270 $45950 $22.09 0.3
56 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 1270 $46360 $22.29 0.2
57 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 1250 $41840 $20.12 0.5
58 Childcare Workers 1230 $20960 $10.08 0.8
59 Roustabouts, Oil and Gas 1230 $39120 $18.81 0.1
60 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1230 $74920 $36.02 0.9
61 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1220 $18710 $8.99 1
62 Carpenters 1180 $36960 $17.77 0.6
63 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 1160 $58930 $28.33 0.3
64 Riggers 1140 $39880 $19.18 0
65 Tellers 1130 $26180 $12.59 0.3
66 Helpers--Production Workers 1100 $28960 $13.92 0.3
67 Cooks, Restaurant 1100 $22380 $10.76 0.75
68 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 1040 $17670 $8.5 0.3
69 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1030 $40840 $19.64 0.45
70 Production Workers, All Other 1030 $38520 $18.52 0.2
71 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 980 $61950 $29.78 0.4
72 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 970 $37770 $18.16 0.5
73 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 950 $44820 $21.55 0.3
74 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 940 $21380 $10.28 0.3
75 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 930 $22390 $10.76 0.8
76 Accountants and Auditors 930 $62050 $29.83 0.9
77 Bartenders 920 $20810 $10.01 0.4
78 Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining 920 $54620 $26.26 0
79 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 870 $39740 $19.11 0.2
80 Security Guards 850 $24450 $11.76 0.7
81 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 770 $48150 $23.15 0.6
82 Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance 770 $39500 $18.99 0.1
83 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 760 $33090 $15.91 0.4
84 Cooks, Fast Food 760 $19670 $9.46 0.3
85 Insurance Sales Agents 760 $36750 $17.67 0.3
86 Managers, All Other 750 $79310 $38.13 0.65
87 Team Assemblers 710 $33440 $16.08 0.75
88 Billing and Posting Clerks 700 $33880 $16.29 0.35
89 Counter and Rental Clerks 690 $26270 $12.63 0.3
90 Lawyers 650 $95310 $45.82 0.5
91 Medical Assistants 630 $27190 $13.07 0.45
92 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 610 $45050 $21.66 0.2
93 Sales Managers 610 $98070 $47.15 0.2
94 Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers 600 $29460 $14.16 0.1
95 Pharmacy Technicians 600 $31440 $15.11 0.25
96 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 570 $19950 $9.59 0.3
97 Pharmacists 560 $111730 $53.72 0.2
98 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 560 $42500 $20.43 0.2
99 Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas 550 $58020 $27.89 0
100 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 550 $36660 $17.63 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Lafayette Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 39,350 204,100
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 31,740 29,880
Sales and Related Occupations 32,170 25,280
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 19,740 19,430
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,110 17,320
Production Occupations 40,930 15,970
Construction and Extraction Occupations 42,480 12,910
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 41,980 12,830
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 59,100 12,680
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 44,530 9,030
Cashiers 19,210 8,280
Management Occupations 92,710 8,270
Personal Care and Service Occupations 21,200 8,160
Retail Salespersons 25,450 6,890
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 59,770 5,780
Healthcare Support Occupations 23,320 5,540
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 22,410 5,460
Office Clerks, General 25,600 4,890
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,720 4,860
Waiters and Waitresses 17,630 4,280
Food Preparation Workers 18,190 4,130
Personal Care Aides 18,560 4,070
Registered Nurses 60,040 3,860
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 57,750 3,640
Protective Service Occupations 35,160 3,580
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 78,960 3,410
General and Operations Managers 109,480 3,400
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,920 3,010
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 28,960 3,000
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 23,080 2,750
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 43,740 2,690
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,040 2,680
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 21,660 2,630
Customer Service Representatives 31,450 2,610
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,560 2,470
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,930 2,440
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 35,740 2,340
Community and Social Service Occupations 38,560 2,320
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 47,870 2,310
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 35,930 2,200
Receptionists and Information Clerks 23,960 1,970
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 32,930 1,950
Nursing Assistants 20,170 1,950
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 28,380 1,870
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 60,700 1,640
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 57,640 1,630
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 45,730 1,610
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 46,890 1,570
Home Health Aides 19,010 1,540
Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers 46,820 1,530

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 39,350 204,100
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 31,740 29,880
Sales and Related Occupations 32,170 25,280
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,110 17,320
Production Occupations 40,930 15,970
Construction and Extraction Occupations 42,480 12,910
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 41,980 12,830
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 59,100 12,680
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 44,530 9,030
Management Occupations 92,710 8,270
Retail Salespersons 25,450 6,890
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 59,770 5,780
Office Clerks, General 25,600 4,890
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,720 4,860
Registered Nurses 60,040 3,860
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 57,750 3,640
Protective Service Occupations 35,160 3,580
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 78,960 3,410
General and Operations Managers 109,480 3,400
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,920 3,010
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 28,960 3,000
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 43,740 2,690
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,040 2,680
Customer Service Representatives 31,450 2,610
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,930 2,440
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 35,740 2,340
Community and Social Service Occupations 38,560 2,320
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 47,870 2,310
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 35,930 2,200
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 32,930 1,950
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 28,380 1,870
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 60,700 1,640
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 57,640 1,630
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 45,730 1,610
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 46,890 1,570
Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers 46,820 1,530
Legal Occupations 63,800 1,510
Construction Laborers 31,650 1,440
Electricians 46,380 1,330
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 62,750 1,280
Machinists 45,950 1,270
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 46,360 1,270
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 41,840 1,250
Roustabouts, Oil and Gas 39,120 1,230
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 74,920 1,230
Carpenters 36,960 1,180
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 58,930 1,160
Riggers 39,880 1,140
Tellers 26,180 1,130
Helpers--Production Workers 28,960 1,100

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