Indiana Careers

Indiana Careers

  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • IT Industry
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation

Career Information

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Healthcare is one of the most interesting and fastest growing employment fields. The field has grown far beyond the days of just simply doctors and nurses to include a whole array of skills and disciplines ranging from dietitians to neurosurgeons. There is a career in healthcare that suits almost any personality or interest.

Career options include:

Average Salary
Biological Technicians $37,440.00
Cardiovascular Technologist and Technicians $45,760.00
Chiropractors $66,560.00
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists $62,400.00
Dental Assistants $31,200.00
Dental Hygienists $64,480.00
Diagnostic Medical Sonongraphers $60,320.00
Dietetic Technicians $24,960.00
Dietitians and Nutritionists $49,920.00
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics $29,120.00
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors $27,040.00
Health Educators $43,680.00
Home Health Aides $20,800.00
Physicians Assistants $79,040.00
Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurse $37,440.00
Marriage and Family Therapists $43,680.00
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians $33,280.00
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists $52,000.00
Medical and Health Services Managers $76,960.00
Medical and Public Health Social Workers $43,680.00
Medical Assistants $27,040.00
Medical Equipment Preparers $27,040.00
Medical Equipment Repairers $39,520.00
Medical Sales Representatives $68,640.00
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $64,480.00
Medical Secretaries $29,120.00
Medical Transcriptionists $31,200.00
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $37,440.00
Mental Health Counselors $35,360.00
Massage Therapists $35,360.00
Nursing Aides, Orderlies and Attendants $22,880.00
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists $60,320.00
Occupational Therapist Assistants $45,960.00
Occupational Therapists $64,480.00
Opticians, Dispensing $31,200.00
Personal and Home Care Aides $18,720.00
Pharmacists $99,840.00
Pharmacy Technicians $27,040.00
Physical Therapist Aides $22,880.00
Physical Therapist Assistants $43,680.00
Physical Therapists $70,720.00
Physicians and Surgeons $145,000.00
Radiology Technologists and Technicians $49,920.00
Registered Nurse $60,320.00
Rehabilitation Counselors $29,120.00
Respiratory Therapists $49,920.00
Sales Engineers $81,120.00
Speech language Pathologists $60,320.00
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors $35,360.00
Surgical Technologists $37,440.00

(Source U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics)
There are many more opportunities in the healthcare field and a need for up to 4.3 million new healthcare workers within the next 7 years.

Education requirements:
The healthcare field is unique in that you get to use the analytical and social aspects of your personality. In this field, there is often the need for scientific accuracy combined with an understanding of a patient’s physical and emotional needs. You generally need completion of certain classes such as math at or above the algebra II level along with biology II and physics classes to achieve a nursing degree. Most high paying careers in healthcare require a 4-year college degree or more. However, many technical positions are available for individuals with a 2-year degree from a technical college or university.


Southeast Indiana has a wealth of natural beauty and an abundance of opportunity for careers in the hospitality and tourism industry. From the quiet reflective scenery of a countryside bed and breakfast to the fast paced exciting atmosphere of a riverboat casino. Southeast Indiana’s hospitality and tourism industry has careers that will suit almost any temperament and educational background.

Examples of hospitality and tourism careers include:

JOB TITLE: Average Salary
Waiters and Waitresses $16,640.00
Combined Food Preparation and
Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners $18,720.00
Food Preparation Workers, Counter Attendants,
Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers $22,880.00
Cooks Restaurant $20,800.00
Hospitality Counter and Rental Clerks $20,800.00
Hospitality Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant.
Lounge, and Coffee Shop
Dishwashers $16,640.00
Bartenders $16,640.00
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants
and Bartender Helpers
Cooks, Fast Food $16,640.00
Amusement and Recreation Attendants $16,640.00
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General $33,200.00
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Food
Preparation and Serving Workers
Cooks, Short order $18,720.00
Food Servers, Non-restaurant $18,720.00
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Landscaping,
Lawn Service/Groundskeeping Workers
Bakers $22,880.00
Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents
and Travel Clerks
Gaming Dealers $16,640.00
Tour Guides and Escorts $22,880.00
Lodging Managers $43,680.00
Chefs and Head Cooks $37,440.00
Meeting and Convention Planners $43,680.00
Baggage Porters and Bellhops $18,720.00

(Source U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Education Requirements:
Training for food service managers is available through industry-sponsored seminars, short-term subject-specific certificate programs. Additional education for managers should include Associate and Bachelor degree programs in management.

A certification in hospitality management can be obtained through an 18-month training course or a 4-year specialized Bachelor’s degree.

Information Technology

As computers are integrated into everyday life and virtually every industry, there is a greater need than ever to manage information flow and distribution. This will generate a growing need for skilled and talented people to enter the Information Technology (IT) field. Career opportunities will continue to expand as industries from manufacturing, retail, transportation, and even farming rely more heavily on digital information management and analysis to help their businesses grow to compete in the global economy.

Jobs within the field of information technology include:

JOB TITLE: Average Salary
Computer and Information Scientists, Research $97,760.00
Computer and Information Systems Managers $108,160.00
Computer Hardware Engineers $91,520.00
Computer Software Engineers, Applications $83,200.00
Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software $89,440.00
Computer Support Specialists $41,600.00
Computer Systems Analysts $72,800.00
Computer, Automated Teller, and
Office Machine Repairers
Database Administrators $66,560.00
Electrical Engineers $79,040.00
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $83,200.00
Graphic Designers $41,600.00
Industrial Engineering Technicians $47,840.00
Industrial Engineers $70,720.00
Mechanical Engineering Technicians $47,840.00
Multi-Media Artists and Animators $54,080.00
Network and Computer Systems Administrators $64,480.00
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts $68,640.00
Sales Engineers $81,120.00
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing,
Technical and Scientific
Technical Writers $60,320.00

(Source U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Education Requirements:
Most careers in IT will require additional education beyond high school. A technical school or associates degree in IT will usually provide a solid foundation for entry into this exciting field. An aptitude for mathematics and solid communication skills are an asset in this career field. Higher paying careers will require a 4-year degree in Computer Information Science or (Management Information Systems) MIS management. Additional certifications may be required epically as technology changes.


One area of our region’s economy that sets for growth is the advanced manufacturing sector. Building on the area’s strong roots in traditional manufacturing; advanced manufacturing employs everything from robotics to nanotechnology to provide products that increase quality of life, provide innovative energy solutions, and build the industrial infrastructure of tomorrow. Careers in advanced manufacturing include high paying skill jobs and solid career growth potential.

Examples of advanced manufacturing careers include:

JOB TITLE: Average Salary
Assembler $32,900
Avionics Technician $46,570
Chemical Engineer $78,030
CNC Machine Operator $43,320
Cost Estimator $50,870
Drafter $47,300
Electrical Engineer $79,680
Electrician $41,760
Electromechanical Equipment
Environmental Engineer $70,830
Fabric and Apparel
Pattern Maker
Industrial Engineer $67,820
Inspector $31,590
Precision Instrument Repairer $46,400
Machine Setter & Operator $27,790
Manufacturing Engineer $65,230
Material Mover $31,350
Mechanical Engineer $71,110
Medical Equipment Technician $31,550
Metal Fabricator $31,260
Model Maker
(Metal and Plastic)
Painter (Transportation Equipment) $36,980
Petroleum Engineer $92,840
Plant Manager $109,090
Plastics Fabricator $31,260
Printing Machine Operator $32,300
Safety Technician $39,300
Semiconductor Engineer $90,000
Tool and Die Maker $44,620
Welder $31,430

(Source U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Education Requirements:

In a nutshell, Advanced Manufacturing is using high-tech equipment to produce items. An advanced education is required if you expect to land a high paying job in this field. In fact, many positions require familiarity with computers and at least a 2-year technical school or community college degree. Engineering and manager positions usually require a 4-year college degree in their field and in some cases a Master’s degree with advanced process certifications.

Advanced manufacturing careers can be both personally and financially rewarding as the field is ever expanding to include manufacturing of everything from off-road bicycles to aerospace materials to alternative energy solutions.


If you’ve ever wondered how all the stuff that’s made, grown, mined, built, or even got to where it is. You can bet that someone in the transportation industry was an important part of getting it there. This career field not only includes truck drivers, but a huge range of career opportunities. Ranging from logistics to managers; schedulers to mechanics; all the way to engineers that keep trucks, trains, boats, and planes moving so that they can deliver products from around the globe.

Examples of transportation careers include:

JOB TITLE: Average Salary
Avionics Technician $46,570
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers $22,800
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer $35,360
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services $27,040
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks $27,040
Bus Drivers, School $24.960
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks $39,520
Bus and Truck Mechanics and
Diesel Engine Specialists
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Transportation
and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs $20,800
Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity $33,280
Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance $33,280
Cargo and Freight Agents $37,440
Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents
and Travel Clerks
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $76,960
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers $141,090
Flight Attendants $53,780
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians $49,920
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters $37,440
Sailors and Marine Oilers $33,280
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels $58,240
Painters, Transportation Equipment $35,360
Transportation Inspectors $52,000
Commercial Pilots $61,640

(Source U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Education Requirements:
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require truck drivers to be at least 21 years old, have at least 20/40 vision and good hearing, and be able to read and speak English.

Entry-level railroad employment usually requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Conductors and engineers must be at least 21 years of age.

Air transportation and shipping careers require varying levels of education depending on career path chosen. Most require at least a 2-year technical school or college degree. Mechanics and pilots must meet Federal Aviation Administration certification requirements. Management and traffic controllers generally require a 4-year college degree, plus specialized training.