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Indiana Business and Jobs

Updated on February 16, 2019
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Ms. Inglish is a successful employment & training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

Grand Opening: 1909 poster advertising the new Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Grand Opening: 1909 poster advertising the new Indianapolis Motor Speedway. | Source

Jobs Are Increasing Through AD 2022

Government and private sector initiatives to increase the number of available jobs and the number and size of businesses in Indiana have succeeded in the fields of High Tech industries and Life Sciences.

Medical and Healthcare jobs are growing and are showing increased numbers of jobs available in High Tech industries as well.

Overall in early 2019, the state was home to over 70,000 job vacancies, with nearly 25% of them in Indianapolis. For instance, over 7,000 nurses of all levels and over 3,500 engineers were needed in February 2019.

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The original Eli Lilly lab in Indianapolis in 1876 during the Reconstruction Years after the Civil War.Eli Lilly and Company in 1886.Company HQ today.
The original Eli Lilly lab in Indianapolis in 1876 during the Reconstruction Years after the Civil War.
The original Eli Lilly lab in Indianapolis in 1876 during the Reconstruction Years after the Civil War. | Source
Eli Lilly and Company in 1886.
Eli Lilly and Company in 1886. | Source
Company HQ today.
Company HQ today. | Source

Indianapolis became home to Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum and Soldiers & Sailors Monument. Colonel Lilly was born in Indiana and later recruited an entire company of men to fight for the Union Army during the War Between the States. Afterward, he created one of the largest medical treatment producing companies in the world.

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument.
The Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

Top 20 Largest Employers in Indiana

The largest employers are those hiring the most people and/or having the most jobs available in Indiana:

  1. Eli Lilly and Company, since 1876, built on the Colonel's motto: "Take what you find here and make it better and better." The Colonel was a pharmacist and chemist whose goal it was to put snake-oil salesmen of post-Civil War America out of business with his own useful medications. Check out today's careers.
  2. Clarian Health Partners Inc.
  3. Community Health Network
  4. General Motors
  5. Indiana University; Purdue University
  6. St. Vincent Hospital & Health Services
  7. Allison Transmission/Division of GMC
  8. Rolls-Royce
  9. AT & T
  10. WellPoint, Inc.
  11. St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers
  12. Defense Finance & Accounting Services
  13. Roche Diagnostic Corporation
  14. United Technologies Carrier Corp.
  15. Automotive Components Holdings LLC
  16. Indianapolis Power & Light
  17. Raytheon Technical Services
  18. International Truck & Engine Corporation
  19. Wishard Health Services
  20. Indianapolis Coca-Cola

Cities Offering the Most Jobs

Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, Lafayette, South Bend.

In the State Capital, Indianapolis, most jobs advertised are involved in healthcare and retail sales, including grocery and convenience stores.

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Sand Dune Park is on Lake Michigan in Northwest Indiana, near South Bend.
Sand Dune Park is on Lake Michigan in Northwest Indiana, near South Bend. | Source

Largest Healthcare Employers Advertising Full-Time and Long Term Jobs

  1. St. Vincent Health
  2. Indiana University Health
  3. Community Health Network
  4. Bloomington Hospital
  5. Golden Living Centers
  6. Trilogy Health Services
  7. Deaconess Health System
  8. Franciscan Alliance
  9. Kindred Healthcare
  10. Community Healthcare System

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis Motor Speedway | Source

High Demand Jobs

  1. Truck Drivers - company-paid and owner operators
  2. Registered Nurses (RNs) - includes Travel Nurses
  3. Software Engineers
  4. Casual and Fast Food Dining Managers and Crew
  5. Insurance Company Call Center Workers - Ameriplan and others
  6. Dental and Medical Assistants
  7. General Dentists
  8. Retail sales clerks and technicians - particularly in Drug Stores like CVS
  9. Mental Health Case Managers and related jobs
  10. Home Health Aides and CNAs
  11. Physical and Occupational Therapists
  12. Physicians

Job Projections to 2022

  1. Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Assistants
  2. Office and Administrative Support
  3. Transportation and Material Moving
  4. Sales and Related Occupations
  5. Construction and Extraction
  6. Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners
  7. Healthcare Support Staff
  8. Food Preparation and Serving
  9. Education, Training, and Library Occupations
  10. Construction Trades
  11. Personal Care and Service
  12. Retail Sales
  13. Production and Manufacturing Occupations
  14. Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides
  15. Health Technologists and Technicians

(Information from Hoosiers By the Numbers at

Top 20 Job Skills Demanded By Employers

Indiana employers most often look for these skills in new recruits, according to county jobs offices across the state:

  1. Work Cooperatively as a Team Member - good/clear communication, good questions, good compromising abilities, effective cooperation.
  2. Consistently Apply Good Listening Skills - listen with full attention, repeat back instructions to make sure they are correct, rephrase what you have heard in your own words.
  3. Maintain a Safe Work Environment - follow rules and help others to follow them; keep your area clean and organized.
  4. Consistently Follow Safety Procedures
  5. Follow Detailed Instructions
  6. Load and Unload
  7. Ability and Willingness to Move Heavy Objects
  8. Manage Time Effectively - organization, follow-through, multitasking.
  9. Use Hand Tools
  10. Use Basic Math - add, subtract, multiply, divide; figure fractions; all at least at the 10th grade level.
  11. Acquire and Evaluate Information - use good logic and judgment.
  12. Multitask
  13. Make Effective Decisions
  14. Apply Industry Terms and Concepts - learn the lingo and the ideas.
  15. Follow Emergency Procedures
  16. Use Power Tools Safely
  17. Perform Basic Assembly Tasks
  18. Organize & Work With Detailed Office and/or Warehouse Records
  19. Apply Technology to Tasks - stay up to date on all work-related technology.
  20. Follow and Give Instructions Accurately

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Car Museum in Auburn
Car Museum in Auburn
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Visit Indiana's Job Search Sites

 Indianapolis, USA
Indianapolis, USA | Source

Major Educational Institutions

  • Ball State University
  • Butler University
  • Indiana University
  • Indiana State University
  • Ivy Tech
  • Purdue University
  • St. Meinrad Archabbey School
  • University of Evansville
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Southern Indiana
  • Vincennes University

Indiana Technical Schools and Colleges

  • Argosy University Virtual Campus - Multiple Cities
  • Everest College -Multiple Cities
  • Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences -Multiple Cities
  • Indiana Business College - Anderson, Columbus, Downtown Campus, Evansville,
  • Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Marion, Medical Campus, Indianapolis, Muncie, Northwest Campus, Terre Haute
  • International Business College - Indianapolis, Fort Wayne
  • ITT Technical Institute - Multiple Cities
  • Kaplan College - Indianapolis, Merrillville
  • National College - Indianapolis
  • TechSkills - Multiple Cities
  • The Culinary Institute of America - Multiple Cities
  • United States Military Academy - contact US Army Recruiter
  • University of Phoenix - Indianapolis; NW Indiana -Merrillville

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2007 Patty Inglish MS


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