5 For the Future

In the past year, Indiana has led the nation in job growth. But that doesn’t mean all jobs are created equal: Some sectors of the economy are predicted to do better than others.

Read about five Indiana career sectors for the future as well as a short list of jobs for each sector. Find out more about these and all 16 national career clusters at IndianaCareerExplorer.com.

Agriculture, Agribusiness and Food

Agriculture and food is a $16 billion industry in Indiana, providing products and services for a global market, according to AgriNovus Indiana. Jobs in agriculture and the food industry are projected to grow by 9 percent by 2022 (HoosierData.IN.gov).

Short list of jobs, by education level: High school diploma plus training: logging worker, pest control worker; associate degree or certificate: veterinary assistant or technologist, food science technician, supervisor in animal, farming, fishing or forestry, water treatment operator; bachelor’s degree: soil or water specialist, animal scientist, environmental engineering technician, food scientist; master’s degree: biochemist, food sciences teacher.

Insider says: 

“Are there good jobs in agriculture? Absolutely. The future looks bright, and the world has this grand challenge: more demand for food, perhaps with less land and less water available. You want people who are passionate about this field and want to do what is right, for the greater good.”
   — Marcos Fernandez, associate dean, Purdue University College of Agriculture, West Lafayette, Ind.

Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing is high-tech, involving computers, robots and other technology in the auto, life sciences, and manufacturing industries. Indiana employs more than 500,000 workers in this industry, with average pay 40 percent higher than Indiana’s average salary, according to Conexus Indiana.

Short list of jobs, by education level: High school diploma, plus training: electrical and electronic equipment assembler, maintenance worker; associate degree or certificate: automotive specialty technician, aviation mechanic, welder, robotics technician; bachelor’s degree: engineer, biological technician, production manager; master’s or doctorate: software developer, researcher.

Insider says: 

“Manufacturing runs at a fast pace, yet within our organization, quality is also very important. Being mindful of quality requires following the standards, teamwork and cooperation. A degree in advanced manufacturing or a technical trades curriculum is not necessarily required, but individuals who have sought education have an advantage over those who don’t. We require a diverse workforce, with so many opportunities, such as welding, fabrication, painting, logistics, and skilled maintenance.”
    — Steve Pride, human resources, senior manager, Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Inc., Columbus, Ind.


Logistics is the management of the flow of products, information and resources and is closely tied to manufacturing. Jobs in Indiana’s logistics industry
are projected to double by 2035, according to
Conexus Indiana.

Short list of jobs, by education level: High school diploma plus training: truck driver; associate degree or certificate: administrative services manager, auto mechanic, air traffic controller, flight attendant, transportation planner or inspector; bachelor’s degree: accountant, logistics analyst or engineer, salesperson, storage and distribution manager, supply chain manager; master’s degree or doctorate: chief executive, finance director.

 Insider says:

“Logistics has become a lot more than the trucks and warehouses that we pass on the highway. Careers in logistics involve forklift drivers, pilots, mechanics, satellites, warehouse workers, and computer technicians. If you don’t know what you may like best, an entry-level job at a warehouse or transportation hub for a medium to large company will give you an opportunity to experience a variety of jobs while building a stable work history. While you learn and grow in your career, make sure you display the most important trait in logistics: reliability.”
    — Michael Hussey, manager overgoods/security, FedEx Corp.

Health and Life Sciences

Healthcare careers encompass a wide range of careers, including dental, nursing, physicians, therapists, and technicians. The life sciences is a $59 billion industry in Indiana and employs 56,000 workers, including laboratory technicians, biomedical engineers, and scientists. Jobs in Indiana’s life sciences and healthcare industry are projected to grow by 23 percent by 2022, according to BioCrossroads.

Short list of jobs, by education level: High school diploma plus training: nursing assistant, pharmacy aide, receptionist; associate degree or certificate: ambulance driver, dental assistant, lab technician, massage therapist, medical secretary; bachelor’s degree: nurse, clinical data manager, computer network architect; master’s or doctorate degree: athletic trainer, dentist, dietitian, psychologist,
doctor, pharmacist, physician assistant.

 Insider says:

“Skyrocketing healthcare costs, increased chronic illnesses, and longevity contribute to the dire need for healthcare workers worldwide. Nursing is one of the most rapidly growing careers, with an estimated need of over three million nurses in the United States by 2022. The experience of nursing care brings rewards that words just cannot express. Nurses make a difference in the lives of others.”
    — Nila Reimer, PhD, RN, Director of Undergraduate Nursing at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Information Technology and Energy

Jobs in Indiana’s computer-related industries are projected to grow by 14 percent by 2022 (HoosierData.IN.gov). Clean energy uses renewable sources like biofuel, solar power, wind, or geothermal
energy. Energy technology powers cars, homes, and manufacturing plants.

Short list of jobs, by education level: High school diploma plus training: installer of energy systems, geothermal operators, computer user support specialist; associate degree or certificate: mechanic, service technician; bachelor’s degree: accountant, environmental engineer, project manager; engineer, scientist, computer programmer, informational technology (IT) manager, software developer; master’s degree or doctorate: chemist, college teacher, scientist.

 Insider says:

“We love someone that has a passion to learn, a drive to dig in to how things work. Degrees are a starting point, not a requirement in every case. We have a variety of degrees we look for: business, computer science, computer engineering, accounting, and marketing.”
    — Daire Moloney, manager of training and career development, TransWorks, Fort Wayne, Ind.

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