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Career and Technical Training in Indiana

Career Colleges, Technical Schools, and Universities in Indiana

Indiana career education: Top jobs and great career schools. Browse Indiana listings for on-campus and online colleges and universities. Each program from a Indiana Career College, a post-secondary for-profit institution, offers an education with an in-demand career field. The programs are designed to get you work-ready, equipped with the practical knowledge, and the competence needed to obtain a competitive career in Indiana.

At career colleges in Indiana, you typically don't take general education classes in core subjects such as English and math. Instead, you focus on career-related courses.

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Indiana Career-Focused Degree Programs

Indiana colleges and universities provide students with an opportunity to earn a quality higher education, gain work experience and benefit from the abundant resources the state has to offer.

Indiana career education: Top jobs and great schools

While the origin of its nickname ""The Hoosier State"" is unknown, the term may be derived from the Native American word ""hoosa,"" which means corn. The state's leading crop is corn.

Indiana's rich economy includes three major sectors: agriculture, industry and commerce. Important crops include oats, rye, tomatoes and poultry. The state's 41-mile, Lake Michigan shoreline is an industrial center that produces iron, petroleum products and steel.

The industrial sector produces parts and accessories for automobiles, trucks and mobile homes, aircraft engines, wood furniture and pharmaceuticals. The state has also earned a place in America's automotive culture with factories playing a major role in auto manufacturing. The fabled Indianapolis 500 takes place at one of the Indianapolis Speedway.

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Whether you want to design cars with an automotive engineering degree, to work for yourself as an accountant, to or keep people looking their best with a cosmetology diploma, career education can help you meet your professional goals. Students balancing a full-time job, family life and higher education can take advantage of the scheduling flexibility offered by online courses.

Combining online and traditional courses provides students with the best aspects of both types of learning. Indiana trade schools and career colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs; colleges and universities offer associate, bachelor's and graduate degree programs in subjects ranging from accounting to zoology.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the average annual salary for all occupations in Indiana was $39,020 as of May 2010. Here are the state's five, top employment sectors, along with average annual salaries and related career training suggestions:

  1. Office administration: 417,230 jobs with an average annual salary of $30,960. Associate degrees in office administration, business, or information technology are useful in office administration careers. Schools like International Business College in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis specialize in these degrees.
  2. Production: 307,690 jobs with an average annual salary of $33,830. The state's industrial sector supplies thousands of jobs for graduates of career schools and vocational programs. With campuses across the state, Ivy Tech Community College can help students gain insight--and degrees--in such specialities as Advanced Manufacturing and Manufacturing, Production and Operations.

  3. Construction and extraction: This sector provided 106,990 jobs with an average annual salary of $44,750. A leading producer of limestone, cement, sand and gravel, Indiana lays claim to trade schools, such as Ivy Tech and Vincennes University, which provide education and training in construction processes, technology and heavy equipment operation.

  4. Installation, maintenance and repair: This sector provided 114,700 jobs with an average annual salary of $41,760. Indiana colleges and trade schools offer technical training in electronics, communications and mechanics that can prepare you for jobs in this category. Harrison College, Kaplan College and Western Governors University Indiana, which has an online campus, are just three ways to delve into this field.

  5. Health care practitioners and technicians: Never mind marrying a doctor; you can be a doctor, nurse or professional health care provider. In 2010, this sector provided 176,680 jobs with an average annual salary of $63,790. From Purdue to IU, Indiana colleges, universities and professional schools offer degree programs in medicine, nursing, and health professions, such as physical and occupational therapy. Graduate programs in nursing can qualify you for a career as a nurse practitioner.

Contact admissions and career counselors at the schools you find interesting to learn more about training for your career. Financial aid departments can assist with determining your eligibility for federal, state, merit and other aid. Take advantage of the excellent campus and online career training opportunities today.

Author: Karen Lawson

Karen Lawson is a freelance writer with 20 years of experience in mortgage banking, mortgage loan servicing, and home loan loss mitigation programs. She holds BA and MA degrees in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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