Local job outlook focuses on health care, operations

2013-01-13T00:00:00Z Local job outlook focuses on health care, operationsBy Bob Moulesong Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 

For most people, the New Year comes with resolutions – to lose weight, exercise, find a partner, etc. From a career perspective, many people make resolutions to either find a job, or find a better job, or change their career path entirely.

Locally, job candidates need pertinent information regarding what career fields are in demand. Job candidates want to know where the jobs might be found. Those who want to change careers want to know what fields are growing. College and high school students are looking for pertinent information that can help them plan accordingly.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development has a plethora of information that can help Hoosiers in their decision making process. The DWD has four main goals.

1. Identify, align and connect Indiana employers with qualified workers.

Ensure collaborative and integrated partnerships between the workforce investment system and the employment community, focusing on high-wage or high-demand sectors that provide reliable and visible support to employers seeking qualified workers. Reciprocally, ensure partnerships that provide input to the educational and supportive programs and services provided to youth and adult learners and workers.

2. Ensure Hoosiers understand and achieve occupational goals that advance Indiana’s economy.

Provide relevant, reliable and visible career development for Indiana adults and at-risk youth that includes career development, adult remedial education, occupational training, workplace-skill development, and (re)employment assistance, with a focus on high-wage or high-demand jobs.

3. Achieve a cohesive workforce investment system that focuses on delivering high quality services with great efficiency.

Provide a workforce investment system whose education and support programs articulate with the state’s public, private, nonprofit and community-based institutions to ensure the delivery of highest-quality opportunities for career-development and reemployment. Further, ensure that the services in the workforce investment system are delivered by professional staff that possesses the knowledge and skills to support youth and adult workers in their career development and reemployment.

4. Aggressively maintain the integrity of the unemployment insurance system.

Strive for the timely payment of benefits, while maintaining the integrity of the system and aggressively pursuing abuse of the employer-financed fund.

Below is the Indiana list of hot jobs that are projected to grow the most during the next 6-10 years, according to Hoosier by the Numbers.

1. Physician and surgeon. Indiana projections see the number of physicians and surgeons growing from 12,748 to 16,172 by 2018. Taking into account the transition of current physicians, the projection calls for an annual growth of 343, which is 2.7 percent.

2. Registered Nurse. Indiana projections call for the number of R.N.’s to grow from 61,052 to 77,649 by 2018. That translates into an annual growth of 1,660 or 2.7 percent.

3. Physical Therapist. Projections in the state see the number of physical therapists growing from 4,387 to 6,056 by 2018. That’s a growth percentage of 3.8 percent annually, which translates into 167 new openings.

4. Dental Hygienist. Currently, there are 4,027 dental hygienists employed in the state. The projection sees that number growing to 5,610 by 2018. The increase of almost 1,600 hygienists translates into 3.9 percent annually, which are 158 openings.

5. Pharmacist. Indiana currently employs 6,604 pharmacists. By 2018, that number is projected to be 8,236. The annual increase is projected to be 2.5 percent, about 163 pharmacists.

It is not surprising that the top five job projections are in the health care field. The population is getting older. The baby boomer generation is getting closer to retirement.

In Indiana, the age groups 45-64 and 65-plus both grew by five percent in the last two years. The 0-4 age group of the Indiana population is shrinking by an average of 2.8 percent every two years. These statistics are available on the Department of Workforce Development website.

The next category of hot jobs in Indiana includes large growth projections in the following:

Operating Engineer

Social Worker

Truck Driver

Sales Representative


Licensed Practical Nurse


Physician Assistant

Radiologic Technologist

Automotive Mechanic

The growth projections for these career fields are all above average, ranging from 2.5 to 4.3 percent annually.

So what career fields should be avoided? What jobs are obsolete? Next week, JobsSunday will examine jobs and careers that are on the way out.

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