Recently, 50 companies participated in surveys that were a part of a study conducted by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS). What the study found could affect the future of the Louisiana maritime industry for years to come.
“An Invisible Giant: The Maritime Industry in Louisiana” details the condition of the seafaring jobs in our state. It says that one in every five jobs in Louisiana is a part of the maritime industry, and that the industry generates $11 billion for Louisiana’s economy while paying workers upwards of $3.5 billion. However, not everything in the report is good news.
Advancing technology, increase offshore energy production, growth in manufacturing, and an aging workforce will make hiring new maritime workers a must. The 50 companies that participated in the study estimate that they will need to hire 3,000 new workers to fill their needs, but it is not easy to find these new workers.
Will There Be A Maritime Worker Shortage?
Only three institutions in the LCTCS system currently offers programs designed for maritime workers, which leaves many companies to train their hires through in-house programs or by contracting with colleges or private companies. Without facing this training problem, the Louisiana maritime industry could face a severe worker shortage.
With the potential for new maritime industry jobs opening up, the lawyers of Galloway Jefcoat want to remind you to be careful. High demand jobs garner high pay, and companies may try to make up the difference by neglecting safety. Don’t let an offshore accident ruin your new career. Our attorneys have experience protecting the rights of maritime workers, so stay informed by following our blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
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