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Fastest-Growing Careers
These are the occupations that were expected to have the largest rate of growth from 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 projections due to the rapidly changing economy. When revised data are available, they will be published here.
We found 558 growing occupations in Louisiana.
Rank Occupation Employment Percent Change Earnings Typical Education
2016 2026
1
Software developers, applications
1,410
2,310
64%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
2
Information security analysts
760
1,140
50%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
3
Statisticians
50
70
38%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
4
Operations research analysts
1,080
1,480
37%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
5
Web developers
560
770
37%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
6
Home health aides
8,350
11,370
36%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
7
Software developers, systems software
1,200
1,590
32%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
8
Computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic
60
80
29%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
9
Personal care aides
35,010
45,220
29%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
10
Network and computer systems administrators
2,950
3,770
28%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
11
Physician assistants
570
720
28%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
12
Nurse practitioners
2,150
2,740
27%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
13
Computer user support specialists
3,520
4,440
26%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearSome college, no degree
14
Health specialties teachers, postsecondary
760
950
26%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
15
Market research analysts and marketing specialists
2,440
3,050
25%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
16
Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary
1,310
1,620
24%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
17
Physical therapist assistants
1,440
1,790
24%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
18
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers
1,490
1,840
24%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
19
Veterinary technologists and technicians
1,090
1,340
24%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearAssociate's degree
20
Computer systems analysts
1,970
2,420
23%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
21
Database administrators
510
620
23%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
22
Occupational therapy assistants
620
770
23%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
23
Orthotists and prosthetists
90
120
23%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
24
Archivists
80
100
22%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
25
Computer network architects
250
300
22%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
26
Medical appliance technicians
50
60
22%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
27
Physical therapists
3,180
3,890
22%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
28
Veterinarians
1,410
1,720
22%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
29
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
28,730
34,820
21%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
30
Computer and information systems managers
1,930
2,330
21%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
31
Computer hardware engineers
210
250
21%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
32
Nonfarm animal caretakers
2,710
3,280
21%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
33
Occupational therapists
1,620
1,950
21%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
34
Physical therapist aides
1,160
1,410
21%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
35
Computer and information research scientists
40
50
20%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
36
Computer network support specialists
1,590
1,910
20%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
37
Diagnostic medical sonographers
970
1,160
20%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
38
Financial managers
5,010
5,980
20%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
39
Massage therapists
700
830
20%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
40
Occupational therapy aides
190
230
20%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
41
Personal financial advisors
1,650
1,970
20%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
42
Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks
1,070
1,290
20%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
43
Bus drivers, transit and intercity
1,170
1,390
19%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
44
Business teachers, postsecondary
1,000
1,180
18%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
45
Electrical engineers
1,560
1,830
18%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
46
Forensic science technicians
210
250
18%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
47
Fundraisers
420
500
18%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
48
Industrial engineers
2,100
2,490
18%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
49
Interpreters and translators
90
100
18%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
50
Materials engineers
60
70
18%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
51
Medical assistants
5,670
6,690
18%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
52
Paralegals and legal assistants
3,990
4,710
18%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
53
Avionics technicians
180
210
17%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
54
Cargo and freight agents
520
600
17%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
55
Computer occupations, all other
2,870
3,360
17%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
56
Dancers
320
370
17%
N/ANo formal educational credential
57
Dental laboratory technicians
600
700
17%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
58
Electronics engineers, except computer
750
880
17%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
59
Film and video editors
220
260
17%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
60
Security and fire alarm systems installers
960
1,120
17%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
61
Technical writers
220
260
17%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
62
Therapists, all other
600
700
17%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
63
Aircraft cargo handling supervisors
180
210
16%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
64
Cooks, restaurant
16,400
19,020
16%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
65
Management analysts
4,070
4,710
16%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
66
Mechanical engineers
2,320
2,670
16%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
67
Radio, cellular, and tower equipment installers and repairers
150
170
16%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
68
Audio and video equipment technicians
730
840
15%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
69
Audiologists
350
410
15%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
70
Automotive and watercraft service attendants
1,410
1,630
15%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
71
Biological science teachers, postsecondary
430
490
15%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
72
Environmental science and protection technicians, including health
450
520
15%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
73
Healthcare social workers
1,840
2,120
15%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
74
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks
3,600
4,130
15%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
75
Mechanical engineering technicians
440
510
15%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
76
Medical and health services managers
3,510
4,020
15%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
77
Phlebotomists
2,210
2,540
15%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
78
Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers, all other
350
400
15%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
79
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians
1,630
1,850
14%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
80
Bakers
1,510
1,720
14%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
81
Chemical engineers
2,400
2,740
14%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
82
Civil engineering technicians
1,550
1,760
14%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
83
Community health workers
730
830
14%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
84
Computer programmers
2,510
2,860
14%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
85
Concierges
260
300
14%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
86
Drafters, all other
1,150
1,310
14%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
87
Engineering teachers, postsecondary
290
340
14%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
88
Environmental scientists and specialists, including health
1,290
1,460
14%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
89
Fashion designers
30
30
14%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
90
Fiberglass laminators and fabricators
260
290
14%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
91
Financial analysts
840
950
14%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
92
Food preparation and serving related workers, all other
1,320
1,500
14%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
93
Health technologists and technicians, all other
2,350
2,670
14%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
94
Life, physical, and social science technicians, all other
490
560
14%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
95
Loan interviewers and clerks
2,460
2,810
14%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
96
Mechanical drafters
980
1,120
14%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
97
Medical secretaries
2,200
2,500
14%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
98
Pharmacy technicians
6,180
7,040
14%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
99
Registered nurses
44,620
50,700
14%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
100
Sales and related workers, all other
980
1,120
14%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent