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Careers with Most Openings
These are the occupations that were expected to have the most annual job openings for the 10-year period of 2016 to 2026 (for states) or 2019 to 2029 (for the United States overall). Please note that these projections do not account for the impacts of the current pandemic. Many occupations are likely to have very different numbers of job openings due to the rapidly changing economy. When revised data are available, they will be published here.
We found 636 occupations with openings in Louisiana.
Rank Occupation
2016
Employment
Projected Annual Job Openings Earnings Typical Education
1
Cashiers
70,710
13,610
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
2
Retail salespersons
62,050
9,780
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
3
Waiters and waitresses
38,310
7,990
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
4
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand
45,620
6,900
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
5
Personal care aides
35,010
6,640
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
6
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
28,730
6,370
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
7
Food preparation workers
32,940
6,200
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
8
Office clerks, general
39,220
4,530
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
9
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners
28,760
4,240
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
10
Stock clerks and order fillers
23,430
3,350
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
11
Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive
33,370
3,240
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
12
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
27,570
3,230
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
13
Maintenance and repair workers, general
26,980
3,010
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
14
Registered nurses
44,620
3,010
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
15
Customer service representatives
21,570
3,000
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
16
Nursing assistants
23,510
2,990
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
17
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
25,000
2,970
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
18
General and operations managers
29,690
2,840
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
19
First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers
17,330
2,800
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
20
Cooks, restaurant
16,400
2,720
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
21
Maids and housekeeping cleaners
18,080
2,700
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
22
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products
23,580
2,670
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
23
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks
21,710
2,400
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearSome college, no degree
24
Security guards
16,320
2,380
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
25
Construction laborers
21,590
2,350
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
26
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
20,780
2,170
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
27
Receptionists and information clerks
15,260
2,060
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
28
Light truck or delivery services drivers
15,820
1,900
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
29
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers
15,900
1,890
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
30
Childcare workers
12,320
1,820
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
31
Elementary school teachers, except special education
22,540
1,800
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
32
Carpenters
18,230
1,710
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
33
Business operations specialists, all other
15,980
1,700
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
34
Teacher assistants
14,620
1,630
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearSome college, no degree
35
Bartenders
9,020
1,580
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
36
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
21,050
1,560
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
37
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers
11,050
1,530
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
38
Home health aides
8,350
1,400
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
39
Electricians
11,770
1,380
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
40
First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers
13,200
1,350
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
41
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop
5,380
1,330
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
42
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers
7,130
1,320
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
43
Managers, all other
15,960
1,300
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
44
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
11,190
1,300
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
45
Accountants and auditors
12,050
1,250
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
46
Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants
15,050
1,200
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
47
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
10,800
1,160
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
48
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop
4,780
1,110
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
49
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers
9,090
1,100
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
50
Sales representatives, services, all other
8,160
1,090
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
51
Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education
13,360
1,040
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
52
Production workers, all other
8,390
1,030
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
53
Helpers--production workers
5,870
990
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
54
Bus drivers, school or special client
8,030
980
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
55
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators
7,980
960
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
56
Tellers
9,150
950
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
57
Automotive service technicians and mechanics
8,890
900
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
58
Dishwashers
5,290
890
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
59
First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers
9,090
890
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
60
Insurance sales agents
7,890
880
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
61
Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels
7,380
830
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
62
Cooks, institution and cafeteria
5,470
830
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
63
Industrial truck and tractor operators
6,780
820
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
64
Police and sheriff's patrol officers
10,940
820
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
65
Sailors and marine oilers
6,210
800
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearNo formal educational credential
66
Cooks, fast food
5,850
790
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
67
Industrial machinery mechanics
7,260
750
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
68
Medical assistants
5,670
750
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
69
Painters, construction and maintenance
8,430
750
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearNo formal educational credential
70
Counter and rental clerks
5,450
740
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
71
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment
4,460
710
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
72
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse
4,850
710
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
73
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks
6,650
700
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
74
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists
4,910
660
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
75
Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers
5,980
660
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
76
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks
3,600
650
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
77
Correctional officers and jailers
8,810
640
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
78
Food servers, nonrestaurant
3,830
620
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
79
Billing and posting clerks
5,310
610
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
80
Pharmacy technicians
6,180
590
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
81
Packers and packagers, hand
3,750
580
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
82
Recreation workers
3,190
580
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
83
Cooks, short order
4,040
570
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
84
Machinists
4,880
570
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
85
Parts salespersons
4,310
560
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
86
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers
3,930
550
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
87
Community and social service specialists, all other
4,090
540
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
88
Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers
2,030
530
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
89
Firefighters
6,750
520
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
90
Helpers--electricians
3,510
510
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
91
Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education
6,330
510
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
92
Paralegals and legal assistants
3,990
510
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
93
Financial managers
5,010
500
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
94
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers
4,500
500
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
95
Nonfarm animal caretakers
2,710
500
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
96
Information and record clerks, all other
3,860
490
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
97
Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
6,600
470
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
98
Social and human service assistants
3,550
470
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
99
Chemical plant and system operators
4,550
460
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
100
First-line supervisors of housekeeping and janitorial workers
3,550
460
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent