Careers, Jobs and Education Resources for: Indiana


Fast Facts: Indiana’s location presents a natural corridor for movement in the U.S. from north to south and east to west. The capital and largest city is Indianapolis.

Indiana Careers: 2008 U.S. Census data estimated Indiana’s population at almost 6.4 million. Forbes recently ranked it as the 25th “Best State for Business.”

Indiana Career Education: Indiana universities are a national trendsetter in attracting international students. Indiana ranked 28th in a 2009 K-12 “Academic Achievement” study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Indiana Economy: Indiana is a leader in ‘livability’ as its cost of living index of 92.8 is well below the U.S. average of 100.

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Indiana Fast Facts:

Location, Location, Location...:  The 19th state admitted to the Union, Indiana is located in the Great Lakes region. Indiana is ranked 38th in land area, and is the smallest state in the continental U.S. west of the Appalachian Mountains.

Cities:  Indiana’s capital and largest city is Indianapolis.

Behind the Name:  Indiana literally means the “land of Indians.”                 

A Closer Look:  Indiana is a distinct state with some large urban areas, a number of smaller industrial cities and many small towns. Its physical location has prompted Indiana to serve as a corridor for movement from north to south and east to west.

Did You Know?  Indiana’s nickname became a household word following the debut of the highly successful movie “Hoosiers.”  It is also known nationally for its sports teams and athletic events.

Indiana Careers and Employment:

Population:  6,376,792 (4.9% increase since 2000) – 50.7% Female, 49.3% Male (2008 U.S. Census Bureau).

Business Environment:  Ranked 25th in Forbes Magazine’s “Best States for Business,” 2008.

Top Industries:  In terms of paid employees, according to a 2008 U.S. Census Bureau study: (1) manufacturing; (2) retail trade; (3) health care and social assistance; (4) accommodation and food services; and (5) administrative and support and waste management and remediation services.

Taxes:  Income Tax, 3.4% and Sales Tax, 6% (Federation of Tax Administrators).

Cost of Living:  92.8 in relation to the “National Average” of 100 (Federal Cost of Living Index).

Quality of Life:  Ranked 32nd of 50 states by CNBC, 2009.

Weather:  Average Temperature (In °F) – Jan: 26.03; Apr: 51.11; July: 74.37; Oct: 53.68 (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

K-12:  Ranked 28th of 50 states in “Academic Achievement” by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2009.

Indiana Economics:

In General:  Historically tied to the automobile industry, Indiana's economy has expanded into other industries, such as steel manufacturing, petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals. The service (31%) and manufacturing (21%) industries provide most of the jobs in Indiana. Other large industries include wholesale and retail trade (20%), government and military services (13%) and construction (5%).

Service Industry:  Wholesale (farm products, groceries, metal products, transportation equipment) and retail (automobile dealerships, department stores, grocery stores, restaurants) trade comprise Indiana’s leading service industries. Community, business and personal services (doctors’ offices, private hospitals, hotels and motels, law firms, repair shops) follow close behind.

Agriculture:  In terms of revenue generated, Indiana’s top five agricultural products are corn for grain, soybeans, hogs, dairy products and chicken eggs.

Manufacturing:  Production of transportation equipment ranks first in the manufacturing sector. Indiana is a leading producer of automobile parts, truck and bus bodies, truck trailers and motor homes. Ranked second in the manufacturing sector is the production of primary metals, steel being the most important. Indiana is also an important aluminum producing state.

Mining:  Indiana is a leading coal-producing state and bituminous coal contributing about three-fourths of Indiana’s mining income.

Did You Know?  Manufacturing contributes more to the gross state product in Indiana than it does in most other states.

Indiana Education:

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Sources:  In addition to specific citations noted in this “Career Information” section, supplementary source materials include:  the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service;;;; and


General Information
6,080,219 Population (as of 2000)2.0 Average Persons Per Household (as of 2000)
6,340,215 Population (current)$84,236 Average House Value (as of 2000)
35,864.8 Square Miles of Land$41,587 Average House Income (as of 2000)
189.8 Square Miles of Water

Business Information
147,101 Number of Businesses (as of 2003)$18,943,880,000 Total First Quarter Payroll (as of 2003)
2,481,161 Number of Employees (as of 2003)$78,673,830,000 Total Annual Payroll (as of 2003)

Gender (as of 2000)
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Median Ages (as of 2000)
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