What kind of jobs are there in Lafayette, LA?

Major employers in the education and health care sectors have helped bolster the region's job market that once relied heavily on oil and gas for its economic foundation. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the state's second-largest university, is one of the metro area's largest employers, as is Lafayette General Health. Lafayette serves as a major health care hub for the region, so those in the medical field can find work at any one of the area's multiple health care providers, including Opelousas General Health System and Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center.

Thanks in part to Lafayette's municipal fiber optic system and the university's computer science department, Lafayette has attracted several high-tech employers, including information technology companies Perficient Inc. and CGI.

Job Market Index

Index Score: 5.2 /10

How we calculate this.

Lafayette has a less healthy job market than similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary



Unemployment Rate 2019

of people are without a job

1.0 % higher than national average.

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top Industries in Lafayette

Health Care and Social Assistance

Total Employment
Nursing Aide
Salary: $24.34k - $33.58k

Accommodation and Food Services

Total Employment
Waiter and Waitress
Salary: $18.82k - $28.28k

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Total Employment
Salary: $55.07k - $92.91k