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The Job You Think You’ll Love Might Not Pay the Most—And That’s OK

You’ll find plenty of information about money in the Cost section of Next, but money is worth mentioning here, too. Why? Because money will inevitably come up in conversations you have with others—or yourself—about potential careers. Knowing how much money you can earn in different career fields is important, but it’s not the only thing to think about as you consider your future.

At this stage, it’s just as important to identify what you’re good at, what interests you, and which careers are most in demand. The good news is there are jobs to fit every interest and level of education.

Here are some of the hottest (most in-demand) jobs in Indiana. The state of Indiana and its employer partners have identified priority industry sectors and the industry related jobs that are most in demand. These high-demand, high-wage jobs require specially trained and skilled workers. These jobs are available now and will continue to grow over the next 10 years. Give these careers some thought as you consider what comes Next and find more detailed information at Indianacareerready.com

Hot job: Accountant 
Education Requirement: bachelor’s degree
Indiana Average Salary: $65,880

Hot job: Physical Therapist 
Education Requirement: advanced degree
Indiana Average Salary: $80,770

Hot job: Plumber 
Education Requirement: post-secondary certificate or some college
Indiana Average Salary: $57,400

Hot job: Registered Nurse 
Education Requirement: bachelor’s degree
Indiana Average Salary: $60,050

Hot job: Medical Assistant 
Education Requirement: post-secondary certificate or some college
Indiana Average Salary: $30,740

Here are other jobs/careers to consider within five different career clusters. The hottest jobs in this group are in Red.

Human Services

Fitness Trainer
Instructs or coaches groups or individuals in exercise activities
Education Requirement: post-secondary certificate or some college
Indiana Average Salary: $32,560

Community Health Worker
Helps individuals and communities adopt healthy behaviors
Education Requirement: associate degree
Indiana Average Salary: $42,820

Marriage and Family Therapist
Diagnoses and treats disorders within marriages/families
Education Requirement: advanced degree (master’s or doctoral)
Indiana Average Salary:  $48,670

Clinical Psychologist
Diagnoses and treats mental disorders; designs and implements behavior modification programs
Education Requirement: advanced degree (master’s or doctoral)
Indiana Average Salary: $64,770

Manufacturing

Industrial Machinery Mechanic
Repair, install, or maintain industrial production equipment
Education Requirement: post-secondary certificate or some college
Indiana Average Salary: $49,700

Supply Chain Manager
Oversees and manages every stage of production, from purchasing raw materials to delivering the final product
Education Requirement: associate degree
Indiana Average Salary: $70,740 

Validation Engineer
Manages, inspects, calibrates, tests and modifies equipment used to manufacture various products
Education Requirement: bachelor’s degree
Indiana Average Salary: $72,920

Marketing, Sales and Service

Real Estate Sales Agent
Assists home buyers and sellers
Education Requirement: post-secondary certificate or some college
Indiana Average Salary: $61,880

Sales Representative
Sells goods for wholesalers or manufacturers. 
Education Requirement: associate degree
Indiana Average Salary: $55,830-$94,580 (pay is at the high end of the range for technical or scientific products)

Marketing Research Analyst/Marketing Specialist
Researches market conditions, creates marketing campaigns
Education Requirement: bachelor’s degree
Indiana Average Salary: $56,210

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Veterinary Technician
Performs medical tests, delivers vaccines and collects lab samples in a veterinary office
Education Requirement: post-secondary certificate or some college
Indiana Average Salary: $29,760

Biological Technician
Assists scientists; sets up, operates and maintains laboratory equipment
Education Requirement: associate degree
Indiana Average Salary: $41,480

Environmental Engineer
Works to prevent, control, or remediate environmental hazards 
Education Requirement: bachelor’s degree
Indiana Average Salary: $77,800

Veterinarian
Diagnoses, treats, and cares for livestock or companion animals
Education Requirement: advanced degree (master’s or doctoral)
Indiana Average Salary: $94,070

Information Technology

Computer Network Architect
Designs and implements computer and information networks. May also design network and computer security measures 
Education Requirement: associate degree
Indiana Average Salary: $82,420

Computer Systems Analyst
Analyzes science, engineering, business and other data-processing problems to implement and/or improve computer systems.
Education Requirement: bachelor’s degree 
Indiana Average Salary: $76,860

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