Career Guide

Over the next ten years, the Greater New Orleans economy will need to fill 78,000 STEM jobs in skilled trades, applied sciences, and technology that require training beyond high school, but less than a 4-year degree.

GNO, Inc. recognizes that Career Technical Education (CTE) holds great promise for providing meaningful training toward these high-wage, high-growth middle-skill jobs; at the same time, we know that middle-skill employment is not always the final destination along one’s professional and educational journey.

The below compendium of workforce data is meant to highlight the broad array of job opportunities available across our region’s six key economic sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, International Trade, Energy and Petrochemical, Digital Media, Environmental Management, and Biosciences. These documents raise awareness of, and then explicitly lay out, the various entry and exit points across one’s professional and educational journey.

This folder contains three sets of materials for each of the region’s thriving industry sectors:

  • Job Overviews – There are numerous job types that students can pursue within each of the regional industries, these overviews highlight the core function of key jobs, with an emphasis on soft skills that will lead to success in each role
  • Career Maps – A high level look at the career path that students can take within each industry, with a wider list of jobs accompanied by salary figures, the education level needed for each job, and a growth plan for each role through increased training and education
  • State of the Sector reports (still in production) – These are data-driven forecasts in each of the region’s industries, created to help educators, parents, and students better understand the long-term workforce needs in each industry of our region, which will help guide education steps necessary to achieve career goals

We would like to give special thanks to all industry partners who reviewed and vetted these documents, as well as our longstanding partner, Chevron, for providing the support that made it possible to do this work.

Advanced Manufacturing

Career Map(PDF)
State of the Sector (PDF)

Job Overviews
Machinists(PDF)
Quality Analysts(PDF)
Welders(PDF)

Biosciences

Career Map(PDF)

Job Overviews
Dental Assistants(PDF)
Medical Assistants(PDF)
Pharmacy Technicians(PDF)

Digital Media

Career Map(PDF)

Job Overviews
Computer User Support Specialists(PDF)
Drafters(PDF)
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians(PDF)

Energy

Career Map(PDF)
State of the Sector (PDF)

Job Overviews
Chemical Plant Systems Operators(PDF)
Industry Machinery Mechanics(PDF)
Pump Systems Operators(PDF)

Environmental Management

Career Map(PDF)
State of the Sector (PDF)

Job Overviews
Business Operations Specialist(PDF)
Carpenters(PDF)
First Line Operators(PDF)

International Trade

Career Map(PDF)

Job Overviews
Crane and Tower Operators(PDF)
Dispatchers(PDF)
Maintenance and Repair Workers(PDF)