Industry specific analysis looks at openings, skills, qualifications, and more
Baton Rouge, La. (April 8, 2021) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today published a new regional analysis of job openings and corresponding in-demand skills for growth sectors. The analysis, to be released quarterly, is broken down by the key industries of healthcare, tech, industrial, and logistics, and includes sector-specific information on top occupations, top hard skills, most common skills, education breakdown, companies hiring, and top qualifications. The analysis is available online at brac.org/regional-data.
“As the regional economy recovers, it is key that the Capital Region community understands what positions local businesses are trying to hire, and what skills are required,” said Andrew Fitzgerald, senior director of research for BRAC. “We are publishing this data so that educators and training providers can ensure that the programs best aligned with these openings are available, and jobseekers can have confidence that this upskilling will improve their chances at a high-demand, high-wage job.”
Key takeaways from this quarter’s analysis include:
- The two most high-demand occupations, truck drivers and registered nurses, are in industries that were resilient during the pandemic;
- Among certifications sought by healthcare employers, licensed practical nursing was found in the most job postings;
- In the tech sector, employers are most interested in SQL, Java, and Amazon Web Services in regards to skills and certifications;
- In manufacturing and construction, the greatest demand is for supervisors of skilled craft workers; and
- While the logistics sector is growing quickly in the Capital Region, there is not currently any post-secondary certification or degree pathway to high-demand occupations in the industry.
Data for the quarterly jobs analysis is gathered from Emsi’s Jobs Posting Analytics database, a subscription service that continually pulls data from more than 55,000 websites including job boards and company-specific job opportunity pages. BRAC has aggregated this data for key growth industries that were identified during the pandemic.
About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area, working to grow jobs and wealth and to improve the business climate and competitiveness in the region. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,500 small businesses, mid-sized firms, large industry and entrepreneurial startups, as well as individuals and organizations that support business and economic development. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community, providing knowledge, access, services and advocacy. More information is available at brac.org.