Supplying a skilled workforce to meet the current and future demands of today’s employers, Iberia Parish has a large, diverse, well-trained workforce! Intermodal connections throughout the parish have helped build a strong economy in primary industries like oil and gas and agriculture and encouraged diversification and growth in retail, healthcare, construction, tourism, manufacturing, and agribusiness.

With our cutting edge R&D opportunities, access to a major university, technical schools and workforce training programs, companies are eager to hire quality workers from Iberia Parish. As part of a tax friendly region of more than 600,000 consumers, we have become known for our R&D resources that provide some of the most advanced technological leaps in the country.

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top/major employers

Both nationally and internationally known companies have chosen to call Iberia Parish home, including a few of these top/major employers:

Tabasco Brand logo

McIlhenny Company
Makers of TABASCO brand pepper sauce, located on Avery Island, which occupies roughly 2,200 acres atop a deposit of solid rock. Avery Island is also home to the picturesque Jungle Gardens and its Bird City wildfowl refuge.

Aggreko logo

A world leader in the design and leasing of power generators, temperature control equipment, oil-free compressors, and related equipment for refrigeration, heat, and dehumidification applications.

AvEx logo

Avex – Aviation Exteriors
Located at Acadiana Regional Airport, leading the world in Aviation Exterior Painting, specializing in large Transport Category Aircraft.

Delta Biofuel logo

Delta Biofuel
Key manufacturer of renewable fuel, developing a $70-million renewable fuel plant in Iberia Parish, utilizing sugarcane bagasse to produce biomass fuel pellets.

Gator Tail logo

Built by hunters and fishermen, manufacturer of dependable and durable mud motors and boats with instant reverse for use in the swampland of South Louisiana

Metal Shark logo

Leading designer and builder of custom vessels for commercial, defense, and law enforcement applications worldwide.

Pro- drive logo

Pro Drive
First in the industry bringing clients a shallow water outboard motor built for hunting, fishing, and commercial purposes

Turner Industries logo

Turner Industries
Serving the nation’s heavy industrial sector with one of the industry’s most capable large-scale module fabrication yards with direct access to deep water and major interstates.

ULL logo

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette New Iberia Research Center
Specializes in the breeding, management, and importation of a diverse range of nonhuman primate species for applied and basic research aimed at promoting human quality of life.



Whether in conjunction with the South Louisiana Community College campus offering vocational and technical education, or nearby University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s world-renowned engineering and nursing programs, Iberia Parish draws on a credentialed workforce that is highly trained. In partnership with the Louisiana Workforce Commission, IDF works with affiliates to provide information on educational and training resources available to local businesses to continue our legacy of providing quality, dependable workers across all industries.

Incumbent Worker Training Program

The Incumbent Worker Training Program is designed to benefit business and industry by assisting in the skill development of existing employees and thereby increase employee productivity and the growth of the company. These improvements are expected to result in the creation of new jobs, the retention of jobs that otherwise may have been eliminated, and an increase in wages for trained workers.

To be eligible, a company must have operated in Louisiana and contributed to the state’s Unemployment Insurance System for at least three years. An employer or a consortium of employers with similar needs must have at least 15 employees to be trained.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is an employment and training program that emphasizes rapid job attachment with post-employment services designed to grow income through the development of the job skills needed to obtain a first job, grow from under-to full-time employment and move up the career ladder.

Adult and dislocated workers have universal access to core employment assistance services such as job search, placement assistance, labor market information and career guidance through local Career Solutions Center. Customers may receive more intensive counseling, assessment, and career planning services if they are unable to get or keep a job through intensive services. They may be eligible for skills training in occupations responsive to local labor market demands.

Workforce Development and Training Program

This program seeks to develop and provide customized workforce training programs in order to improve the competitiveness and productivity of Louisiana’s workforce and business community and to assist Louisiana businesses in promoting employment stability.

Eligible companies are those who are planning on locating a facility within the state, companies expanding their current operation within the state by the addition of a new area location, and existing Louisiana businesses that have been operating less than three years if all qualifications are met.

Career Solutions Center/ Employment Office

The local Iberia Career Solutions Center, maintained by the Louisiana Workforce Commission, maintains information on the largest supply of qualified job seekers in the state. Job listings that cannot be filled on a local basis are fed into a computerized system.

This system makes job orders available to placement interviewers in offices across the state. Employers may also use the facilities of any of the statewide Career Solutions offices to carry out a prospective employee search. An employer may advertise a job opening in any area of the state and have a representative conduct interviews in Career Solutions offices where qualified applicants are available.