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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations196240$39,940$19.2100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations28480$32,320$15.5414.35
3Sales and Related Occupations24430$32,470$15.619.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations18550$20,000$9.618.55
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations17180$35,760$17.196.55
6Production Occupations14930$40,410$19.435.7
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations12840$58,080$27.925.8
8Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations11720$43,420$20.873.8
9Construction and Extraction Occupations10780$43,380$20.864.45
10Education, Training, and Library Occupations9380$44,900$21.596.05
11Management Occupations8310$95,840$46.086.15
12Personal Care and Service Occupations7920$21,350$10.274.3
13Cashiers7910$19,170$9.222.2
14Retail Salespersons6470$25,380$12.22.85
15Business and Financial Operations Occupations5690$61,760$29.695.25
16Healthcare Support Occupations5540$24,290$11.683
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations5030$22,470$10.83.65
18Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand4770$27,330$13.141.7
19Office Clerks, General4370$25,260$12.151.9
20Personal Care Aides4350$19,170$9.221.5
21Food Preparation Workers4200$18,410$8.850.6
22Registered Nurses3880$60,660$29.161.95
23Protective Service Occupations3750$34,880$16.772.2
24Waiters and Waitresses3630$17,750$8.531.7
25General and Operations Managers3580$111,280$53.51.5
26Architecture and Engineering Occupations3270$79,730$38.331.7
27Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive3270$29,450$14.161.5
28Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products3200$59,180$28.450.9
29Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2700$35,920$17.271.05
30Maintenance and Repair Workers, General2580$35,360$170.9
31Stock Clerks and Order Fillers2560$23,590$11.341.3
32First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers2530$36,190$17.41
33Community and Social Service Occupations2490$40,230$19.341.65
34Customer Service Representatives2490$32,500$15.631.75
35First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers2460$48,240$23.190.95
36Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2330$21,320$10.251.55
37Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers2220$38,400$18.461.2
38Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses2210$36,590$17.590.5
39Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2000$18,980$9.132.3
40Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1960$32,470$15.610.6
41Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers1920$45,740$21.990.3
42First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1790$28,470$13.690.6
43Receptionists and Information Clerks1770$24,060$11.570.7
44Nursing Assistants1740$20,350$9.781
45Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers1610$48,690$23.410
46Computer and Mathematical Occupations1580$58,700$28.222.9
47Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers1550$47,790$22.980.3
48Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1510$39,000$18.751.8
49Business Operations Specialists, All Other1510$61,170$29.410.7
50Home Health Aides1510$19,500$9.370.7
51Legal Occupations1380$67,410$32.410.8
52Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants1270$43,070$20.710.35
53First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1220$63,690$30.620.4
54Childcare Workers1180$19,970$9.60.8
55Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1160$75,180$36.140.8
56Machinists1120$45,590$21.920.25
57First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1100$61,360$29.50.3
58Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1100$18,940$9.10.9
59Tellers1100$27,700$13.320.3
60Production Workers, All Other1050$36,690$17.640.2
61Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1040$40,810$19.620.4
62Accountants and Auditors1030$65,480$31.480.9
63Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1020$38,010$18.280.5
64Construction Laborers1010$34,200$16.440.8
65Cooks, Restaurant1010$22,600$10.870.8
66Bartenders1000$21,130$10.160.4
67Electricians1000$45,930$22.080.4
68Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1000$23,670$11.380.8
69First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers990$68,810$33.080.4
70Industrial Machinery Mechanics980$46,610$22.410.2
71First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors960$51,700$24.860
72Helpers--Production Workers950$29,200$14.040.3
73Security Guards950$24,930$11.990.7
74Riggers920$45,800$22.020
75Sales Representatives, Services, All Other920$51,940$24.970.6
76Roustabouts, Oil and Gas910$41,750$20.070
77Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining900$51,830$24.920
78Carpenters870$37,880$18.210.7
79Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters870$45,730$21.990.3
80Managers, All Other840$80,460$38.680.6
81Cooks, Fast Food830$20,100$9.660.3
82Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers830$17,730$8.520.3
83Insurance Sales Agents770$41,260$19.840.3
84Lawyers760$89,270$42.920.5
85Bus Drivers, School or Special Client750$21,570$10.370.3
86Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers700$20,070$9.650.1
87Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators690$41,150$19.790.2
88Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers670$33,200$15.960
89Counter and Rental Clerks660$23,330$11.220.3
90Pharmacy Technicians660$29,810$14.330.3
91Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks660$34,910$16.790.4
92Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines650$40,930$19.680.1
93Medical Assistants640$27,570$13.260.45
94Parts Salespersons620$28,890$13.890.2
95Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop610$18,640$8.960.3
96Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators600$33,580$16.150.35
97Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance570$42,340$20.360.1
98Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment560$21,060$10.130.2
99Cooks, Short Order550$19,960$9.60.1
100First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers540$33,760$16.230.2
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Jobs More Common Near Lafayette Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$39,940196,240
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,32028,480
Sales and Related Occupations$32,47024,430
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$20,00018,550
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,76017,180
Production Occupations$40,41014,930
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$58,08012,840
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$43,42011,720
Construction and Extraction Occupations$43,38010,780
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$44,9009,380
Management Occupations$95,8408,310
Personal Care and Service Occupations$21,3507,920
Cashiers$19,1707,910
Retail Salespersons$25,3806,470
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$61,7605,690
Healthcare Support Occupations$24,2905,540
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$22,4705,030
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,3304,770
Office Clerks, General$25,2604,370
Personal Care Aides$19,1704,350
Food Preparation Workers$18,4104,200
Registered Nurses$60,6603,880
Protective Service Occupations$34,8803,750
Waiters and Waitresses$17,7503,630
General and Operations Managers$111,2803,580
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,7303,270
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$29,4503,270
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$59,1803,200
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,9202,700
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$35,3602,580
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$23,5902,560
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$36,1902,530
Community and Social Service Occupations$40,2302,490
Customer Service Representatives$32,5002,490
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$48,2402,460
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,3202,330
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$38,4002,220
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$36,5902,210
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$18,9802,000
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,4701,960
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$45,7401,920
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$28,4701,790
Receptionists and Information Clerks$24,0601,770
Nursing Assistants$20,3501,740
Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers$48,6901,610
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$58,7001,580
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$47,7901,550
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$39,0001,510
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$61,1701,510
Home Health Aides$19,5001,510

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$39,940196,240
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,32028,480
Sales and Related Occupations$32,47024,430
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,76017,180
Production Occupations$40,41014,930
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$58,08012,840
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$43,42011,720
Construction and Extraction Occupations$43,38010,780
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$44,9009,380
Management Occupations$95,8408,310
Retail Salespersons$25,3806,470
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$61,7605,690
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,3304,770
Office Clerks, General$25,2604,370
Registered Nurses$60,6603,880
Protective Service Occupations$34,8803,750
General and Operations Managers$111,2803,580
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,7303,270
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$29,4503,270
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$59,1803,200
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,9202,700
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$35,3602,580
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$36,1902,530
Community and Social Service Occupations$40,2302,490
Customer Service Representatives$32,5002,490
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$48,2402,460
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$38,4002,220
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$36,5902,210
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,4701,960
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$45,7401,920
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$28,4701,790
Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers$48,6901,610
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$58,7001,580
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$47,7901,550
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$39,0001,510
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$61,1701,510
Legal Occupations$67,4101,380
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$43,0701,270
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$63,6901,220
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$75,1801,160
Machinists$45,5901,120
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers$61,3601,100
Tellers$27,7001,100
Production Workers, All Other$36,6901,050
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$40,8101,040
Accountants and Auditors$65,4801,030
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$38,0101,020
Construction Laborers$34,2001,010
Electricians$45,9301,000
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$68,810990

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