Indiana Career Outlook: Overview of Hot Careers in Indiana

Indiana (IN) had the 15th largest labor force in the United States as of 2017. Jobs that are set to grow in the next few years are occupational and physical therapy assistants and other healthcare workers, biomedical engineers, and operations research analysts. Find out more here.

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Dubbed the 'crossroads of America', Indiana first became a state in 1816. Today, the state relies heavily on manufacturing, services and some agriculture in its central region, which is also a part of the Corn Belt. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported an average hourly wage of $21.13 for all occupations for the state as of May 2017. The civilian labor force was approximately 3.3 million in Indiana with a 3.2% unemployment rate in April 2018.

Indiana's Fastest-Growing Careers

According to CareerOneStop, a U.S. Department of Labor website, the fastest-growing careers in Indiana between 2014-2014 are as follows. These occupations have been forecasted to experience 34%-43% growth during that period of time, and healthcare is the most represented field:

  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Biomedical Engineers
  • Home Health Aides
  • Statisticians
  • Web Developers
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Genetic Counselors

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  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Most Job Openings

CareerOneStop also made projections based on the careers with the most job openings in Indiana between 2014-2024. Anywhere from 1,450 (for general office clerks) to 4,270 (for retail salespersons) job openings will be added for these jobs, annually, during that time span.

  • Retail Salespersons
  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  • Cashiers
  • Team Assemblers
  • Waiters and Waitresses
  • Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
  • Registered Nurses
  • Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • General Office Clerks

Careers with Declining Employment

The following careers will experience the fastest-declining employment in Indiana between 2014-2024, according to CareerOneStop. These professions can expect employment reductions during that decade at a rate of -24% to -46%, with flight attendants seeing the sharpest decline:

  • Flight Attendants
  • Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  • Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles
  • Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators
  • Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service
  • Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks
  • Desktop Publishers
  • Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers
  • Prepress Technicians and Workers
  • Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators
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