GBRIA says demand for welders, pipefitters and instrument and electrical technicians remains strong in Baton Rouge region

Courtesy: Baton Rouge Business Report
Alexandria Burris | @allyburris

As many as 25,000 workers may be needed to construction employment opportunities in the greater Baton Rouge area through June 2017, according to the new labor forecast from the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance Inc.

Welders, pipefitters and instrument and electrical technicians are the three most in-demand skill industrial laborers during the 18-month forecast period that began in January, the forecast says. Last year, the GBRIA also forecasted a strong demand for skilled labors practicing the aforementioned crafts through mid-summer of this year. 

The demand for those skilled positions will remain strong going forward, the GBRIA says. Process technicians, millwrights, scaffold builders and boilermakers also will be needed in large numbers.

Expanded opportunities for another 25,000 indirect, permanent employment opportunities will continue through next summer, the forecast reveals.

The semi-annual outlook released Tuesday is meant to help educational and industry providers recruit workers. GBRIA surveyed 60 industrial facilities in the eight-parish region.

Jessica Brouillette, GBRIA’s manager of communications and research, says the survey helps contractors and schools know which crafts are going to be in high demand so they can produce workers in those trades during those periods.

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