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Why You'll Need A College Degree To Find A Job By 2018

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    A worker walks down the line at a Chrysler assembly plant. Manufacturing jobs in Indiana are predicted to become more scarce by 2018.

    If you’re looking to find a job in Indiana in the next seven years, here’s some advice: go to college.

    A new report from the Center on Education and the Workforce finds 48,500 blue collar jobs in Indiana’s manufacturing, construction, and agriculture sectors will disappear by 2018.

    White collar sectors like information technology, health science and education, on the other hand, will add 79,000 jobs — mostly in fields requiring at least some college.

    “There will be middle-class jobs for high school graduates, especially as baby boomers retire, but there won’t be enough to go around,” writes Joanne Jacobs on Community College Spotlight.

    Indiana: Where Jobs Will Be Added
    Education & Training 16,100
    Health Science 41,400
    Human Services 13,000
    Information Technology 8,500
    Indiana: Where Jobs Will Be Lost
    Agriculture & Natural Resources -4,700
    Architecture & Construction -4,900
    Arts & Communications -1,000
    Manufacturing -38,900
    SOURCE: Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce

    Overall, Indiana will add more than 98,000 jobs by 2018, a 3 percent increase.

    80 percent of the jobs in health sciences — which the report says will show the largest growth of any industry in Indiana, adding 41,400 jobs — will require at least “some college,” which means obtaining an associates degree or better.

    In the information technology sector — predicted to grow by 18 percent by 2018 — 93 percent of the jobs will call for some college.

    Click here to see how much education new jobs in each sector will require. The table was excerpted from the Center on Education and the Workforce’s Career Clusters report, which also made predictions for each state.

    (h/t StateImpact Ohio)


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