By Shannon Elward, Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Not sure what you want to be when you grow up? That’s okay! We’ve posted some helpful blogs about career exploration and career activities to help you explore what might be a good fit. From personality quizzes to internet searches, we’ve got activities for all types to start thinking about the future.
Another way to start thinking about careers you’re interested in is to look at career clusters that are in demand in Indiana or in the area you’d like to live in Indiana when you’re older. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest career clusters (or groups of careers that share common features) in Indiana.
- Health Science: Planning, managing and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development.
- Top jobs in this field include all kinds of doctors, dentists and nurses, as well as medical managers and assistants.
- Transportation, Distribution and Logistics: Planning and managing the movement of people, materials and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water; related professional and technical support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance.
- Top jobs in this field include automotive engineers and mechanics, aircraft mechanics, pilots and supervisors.
- Business Management and Administration: Planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations.
- Top jobs in this field include general and operational managers, analysts, customer service representatives, human resource (HR) managers and more.
- 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 and process engineering.
- Top jobs in this field include carpenters, machine programmers, engineering technicians, machinists, supervisors and more.
And remember, nearly ever career cluster has needs for employees outside what you might normally associate with that cluster. For example, hospitals need lawyers and communications staff. Airlines need customer service representatives. Businesses need all kinds of employees – from front line clerks to CEOs. Manufacturing plants need people to work the factory floor, but they also might need engineers, chemists, marketers and more.
The sky is the limit! You can mix and match your career interests with career clusters that interest you to find something that is just the right fit for your interests, passions and skills. Ready to start exploring in demand jobs in cities throughout Indiana? Visit InDemand Jobs to find out what’s popular in your area and throughout the state.
And don’t forget, no matter what career you choose, you’ll need some education or training after high school. Job security, job opportunities and average salary are all higher for Hoosiers with a college degree or credential. Start planning now for the future you want.
We know that many Hoosier students, families and educators are coping with school day closures and elearning for the next few weeks in response to COVID-19. Over the next month, our blog will be dedicated to college and career readiness activities that can be done from home. And, don’t forget to explore our classroom materials page for grade-specific college, career and cost activities.