HOBART | Engineering is a field “starving for candidates” and joins manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and health care as the occupations in demand in the region in the next 10 years, according to the newly-released Northwest Indiana State of the Workforce Report.
The report was released Wednesday at Workforce Summit 2013 hosted by the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board at Avalon Manor.
Center of Workforce Innovations President and CEO Linda Woloshansky said rail is increasing in Northwest Indiana and a lot of employees in that industry are retiring.
“For the first time in a long time we’re going to see a huge number of jobs available in the rail industry,” she said.
Woloshansky said there is a misalignment between the supply and demand in the engineering field.
“We are just not producing enough in that pipeline to fill the jobs that are available and the engineering occupation is changing significantly,” she said. “The engineers will need to have a better and stronger skill set in financial management and project management as they move forward and take on more responsibility.”
Those four occupational fields in demand also have higher wage levels from $42,000 to $72,000.
“As we continue to fill jobs and increase jobs in those areas, we should see an average wage increase in Northwest Indiana as well,” Woloshansky said.
Those jobs will require educational credentials and much progress is being made in the associate’s degree area – particularly those with “the right associate’s” such as an associate in applied science, Woloshansky said.
Woloshansky said the skill level required for every decent job is rising as is the necessity of lifelong learning.
“The thought that your educational foundation would last your whole lifetime is no longer true,” she said.