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La. coastal jobs in high demand of qualified workers

NEW ORLEANS (WAFB) -

Job opportunities are available if you want to work to protect the Louisiana coastal wetlands. Erosion is eating away at the coast, and though billions of dollars are being spent to restore it, there are more jobs than qualified workers to fill the positions.

"After the recession from 2010 onward, it gained over 7,000 jobs. Second was oil and gas production which gained a little more than 4,000 jobs," said data center spokesperson George Hobor.

It is an unlikely source of employment, but it is in high demand and offers job security. The jobs are in restoration, water management, and levee maintenance. The University of New Orleans is planning to offer graduate certificates in coastal engineering and coastal sciences starting in the spring semester of 2015.

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