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Looking Up: Indiana Career Sectors on the Rise

By Lisa Hendrickson

Thinking about launching a new career? Take a closer look at the fields of technology, life sciences and manufacturing. They’re among the hottest areas of job growth in the Hoosier State today.

Technology is Everywhere:

13%
Projected growth of computer and information technology occupations, 2016-2026

$86,320
Median annual salary for computer andinformation technology occupations, May 2018

Strongest growth areas:
• Cloud Computing
• Information Security
• Big Data Storage and Collection
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Hot Jobs: IT and Business Services
• IT & Business IT Specialist
• Computer Systems Analytics
• 11,400+ Indiana jobs available
• $14 – $64 hourly wage
Source: nextleveljobs.org

Life Sciences

One of the top five states for life sciences in the U.S. Eighty-five new products approved by the FDA in 2018. Seventy-nine billion dollars. That’s the economic impact of Indiana’s life sciences industry, according to BioCrossroads, the state’s public-private initiative to grow thelife sciences.

The organization also reports that Indiana exported $10.2 billion in life sciences products in 2018, ranking it second in the U.S. for the eighth year in a row.

These statistics illustrate why a career in the life sciences industry is worth considering. “From the discovery of the product to getting a medicine or medical device in the hands of a healthcare provider, Indiana’s large and dynamic life sciences industry offers a myriad of job opportunities—scientists, researchers, engineers, mathematicians, marketers, accountants and more,” says Lori LeRoy, vice president for communications at BioCrossroads.

“Indiana’s life sciences companies are creating therapeutics for cancer, Hepatitis B and migraines, developing monitors to help infants in surgery, developing medicines and devices for heart disease and diabetes, and many other innovations.”

“From the discovery of the product to getting a medicine or medical device in the hands of a healthcare provider, Indiana’s large and dynamic life sciences industry offers a myriad of job opportunities—scientists, researchers, engineers, mathematicians, marketers, accountants
and more.”
—Lori LeRoy, vice president for communications
at BioCrossroads

Hot Jobs: Indiana Life Sciences

1,751
# of Indiana Life Sciences companies

56,000
Employed in Life Sciences

$97,607
Average annual wage

Source: BioCrossroads

Indiana Life Sciences Opportunities

• Agricultural Feedstock & Chemicals
• Drugs and Pharmaceuticals
• Health Information Technology
• Medical Devices and Equipment
• Research, Testing and Medical Laboratories
Source: BioCrossroads
Visit www.biocrossroads.com/top100/ to see a map of the Top 100 Life Sciences Companies in Indiana.

Indiana Life Sciences Global Headquarters

• Anthem – Indianapolis
• Cook Medical – Bloomington
• DePuy Synthes – Warsaw
• Dow AgroSciences – Indianapolis
• Eli Lilly and Company – Indianapolis
• Zimmer Biomet – Warsaw

North American Headquarters
• Roche Diagnostics – Indianapolis

Manufacturing

Indiana is a huge manufacturing state, and finding skilled talent is important to keeping the state producing everything from cars to medical devices to plastics.

Some jobs in manufacturing will continue to change thanks to technology and robotics, but the good news is that people will be needed to create, program, repair and monitor these new systems, and provide all the other services related to manufacturing. Those jobs—especially for people who are willing to keep learning in advanced manufacturing—will likely increase along with other professional and technical occupations.

In fact, over the next ten years, U.S. manufacturers are expected to add 1.96 million jobs as a result of natural growth in the industry and an additional 2.69 million jobs are expected to open up as a result of retirements in the industry. This should lead to a large manufacturing labor shortage in the coming years, according to the Manufacturing Institute.

“What it means to work in advanced manufacturing and logistics is evolving and creating more opportunities for Hoosiers who are prepared to work alongside advanced technologies,” said J. Mark Howell, president and CEO of Conexus Indiana (conexusindiana.com), an organization that helps build and connect Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics talent.

“Due to its robust manufacturing and logistics economies, its emerging tech sector and its pioneering educational institutions, Indiana is uniquely situated to thrive and sustain its national leadership in this new era.”

What’s “Advanced” Manufacturing?

“Planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.”
—www.IndianaCareerReady.com

Indiana Manufacturers

A sampling:
• Cummins – Columbus
• Berry Global – Evansville
• Thor Industries – Elkhart
• MasterBrand Cabinets – Jasper
• Steel Dynamics – Fort Wayne
• Hillenbrand – Batesville

Manufacturing in Indiana

28.57%
Manufacturing’s % of total state output

17.24%
% of Indiana workforce

541,900
Employed

$77,573
Manufacturing salary average

Sources: National Association of Manufacturers, Conexus

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