Explore Your Options

Explore Your Options

Do you want to find a job you’ll love and start to set goals for the rest of your life?

Being sure of your interests is the first step to getting there. Here are some questions to ask yourself about what you’re interested in:

Do you like to build things?

Perhaps a career as an architect, engineer or contractor is in your future.

Do you have a passion for helping people?

A career in social work, counseling or nonprofit management might be for you.

Do you enjoy working with your hands?

A career as a construction worker, an electrician, a massage therapist, a restaurant cook or an auto technician/mechanic may be a good fit for you.

Is science your thing?

A career in pharmacy, research or chemical engineering might be a good fit for you.

Are you a people person?

Research careers in event planning, fundraising, sales, public relations or realty.

Do you like sports?

Consider a career in sports management, coaching, equipment sales or personal training.

Do you enjoy music and the arts?

Musicians, actors and artists often work for design firms, advertising agencies, production companies and recording studios.

Do you like health and wellness?

There are lots of jobs in the healthcare sector, like physicians, nurses, physical therapists and nutritionists.

Do you care about your community?

Law enforcement, fire safety, and community center/parks management are good opportunities to give back.

Do you like children?

Consider a career as an elementary school teacher, a pediatric nurse, a daycare worker or a speech therapist.

Are you a math whiz?

A career as a financial advisor, an actuary, an insurance underwriter or an accountant will have you working with numbers.

Do you care about animals?

Look into careers as a veterinary technician or veterinarian, a groomer, an animal behaviorist, a zoologist or a biologist.

DISCOVER YOUR PATH

Visit Indiana Career Explorer to access more resources like skills assessments, interest surveys and more. Just create your profile to get started! Once there you can:

Take the career interests survey.

In this survey, you can narrow down some career options by ranking the activities you like to do. When you’re finished, your highest ranked interests will match you with careers you may enjoy.

Take the skills assessment.

Everyone is good at something. Some people are better with numbers. Some people are visual learners. During this assessment, you’ll just mark how confident you are doing certain activities, and the results will list careers that require the skills you’re the best at.

Take the work values assessment.

How do you want your work-life balance to look? Do you want to work a more traditional “9-5” job? Maybe you see yourself working in a very hands-on role. How much money do you want to make? These are all important things to consider. This assessment will help you find out what matters most to you in your career and in your lifestyle.

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Real World Experience?

Gaining experience in your chosen field is a great way to try a career on for size. Learn about job shadowing, internships, apprenticeships and more.

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WHAT KIND OF EDUCATION DO I NEED FOR THE CAREER I WANT?

Each career requires a different type of degree. Some may require specialized training in a specific field or earning an associate degree. Others may require many years of advanced study — like doctorate degrees. Some careers require special accreditation or a degree from an accredited college. You may also consider adding a minor. For example, foreign language minors can help a business degree stand out when you start your job search. Take some time to explore the degrees that the jobs you like require. Then once you start your college search make sure the colleges you apply to offer those degrees or a path to get you there.

See below to get an idea of the degree requirements for some of the top careers in Indiana. Find out more about the different types of degrees here. Or, learn more about majors and careers at bigfuture.

Special Training or Apprenticeship

1-5 Years

Careers Include:

Office manager, sales representative, manufacturing supervisor, law enforcement officer, construction worker, carpenter, fireman, air traffic controller

Certificate

1-2 Years

Careers Include:

truck driver, licensed practical nurse, industrial machinery mechanic, plumber, maintenance supervisor, construction supervisor, electrician, machinist, phlebotomist, fitness instructor, veterinary technician.

Associate Degree

2 Years

Careers Include:

dental hygienist, insurance agent, respiratory therapist, radiology technician, occupational therapist, avionics technician, publicist, sonographer, medical records technician

Bachelor’s Degree

4 Years

Careers Include:

registered nurse, K-12 teacher, general manager, accountant, journalist, mechanical engineer, medical services manager, publication editor, industrial engineer, computer systems analyst, software developer, network systems administrator

Master’s Degree

Bachelor’s + 2 Years

Careers Include:

nurse practitioner, counselor, financial manager, director of engineering, school administrator, clinical social worker, historian, marriage and family therapist, physician assistant, audiologist, architect, archaeologist

Doctorate or Professional Degree

Master’s + 4-6 Years

Careers Include:

college professor, pharmacist, family physician, lawyer, physical therapist, dentist, psychologist, geneticist, astrophysicist, anthropologist, research scientist

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