Missouri is a great place for Hispanic Americans to find rewarding and fulfilling job opportunities. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Missouri has seen an 18% increase in its Hispanic population between 2010 and 2018 — making up nearly 5% of the state’s total population in 2018.
The government of Missouri recognizes the significant contributions that Hispanic Americans make to the state’s economy and offers a number of incentives and resources to help them find employment in a variety of industries.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) is dedicated to helping all Missourians, including Hispanic Americans, access job opportunities and develop their skills through training programs offered by the state. The DED offers a variety of job-seeking services, such as career coaching and resume writing, to help individuals identify their skillset and match it with available employment opportunities in their area.
In addition, the state provides assistance for those interested in pursuing higher education and training programs related to specific industries. For instance, the MissouriWorks Workforce Development Training Program provides financial assistance to individuals interested in participating in select training programs, such as welding and nursing.
Similarly, the Department of Natural Resources Environmental Careers Center (ECC) offers internship opportunities for those looking to gain experience in environmental sciences-related fields. Through this program, interns are offered hands-on experience in the fields of forestry, fisheries, and wildlife management.
The Missouri Workforce Investment Board (MWIB) is another resource available to Hispanic Americans looking for employment opportunities. The MWIB connects job seekers with employers and assists them with finding training programs that can help them gain the skills needed to enter a specific industry or field. The organization also offers special programs to assist Hispanic American job seekers with employment-related issues, such as language barriers and transportation costs.