These Are The 10 Best Jobs In Indiana For Recent College Grads

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
College Grad Jobs, Rankings - 2 years ago
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If you’ve just graduated from college, now’s about the time you’re probably wondering–what next?

For most of you, the answer will be simple: find a job. And for many of you, the answer will be: find any job. Because we’ve all heard the horror stories of graduating and the pickings being slim, we’ve decided to go ahead and save you some trouble.

After some research and number crunching, we’ve determined the 10 best jobs for recent college grads in Indiana. Here they are:

  1. Industrial Engineers
  2. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  3. Community Health Workers
  4. Management Analysts
  5. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
  6. Computer Systems Analysts
  7. Cost Estimators
  8. Web Developers
  9. Commercial and Industrial Designers
  10. Network and Computer Systems Administrators

We know what you’re thinking–industrial engineers? Really?

You’ll want to keep reading to find out just how we came up with this list and why each job made the cut. Yes, even process engineer.

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How we determined the best entry level jobs in Indiana

We’ve been talking to a lot of recent college graduates recently, so we have a pretty good sense of what they want in their first job. Their list normally goes in something like this order:

  1. ANY JOB!! (Availability of jobs)
  2. Location
  3. Pay
  4. Potential for growth
  5. Work life balance

Lucky for everyone, there’s data available from various sources for ech of the items on this list. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides data on pay by location, each state’s Department of Labor compiles job growth statistics, and ONet Online, another government source, has data on job requirements.

We combined data from each of these sources to produce a master database that contains information for every profession. Specifically, we looked at the following criteria:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Only for jobs in Indiana that require a college degree.
  • Average annual entry level salary .
  • Projected growth as an industry over the next 10 years.

By limiting the dataset to only those jobs that require a bachelors degree, we were left with 32 jobs to rank.

We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 32 with 1 being the best.

Next, we took the average of each job’s rankings to create a “Job Score”.

Finally, we ranked every job’s “Job Score” from 1 to 32 with 1, again, being the best.

One Job Please

Just graduating from college can be a scary time–but don’t forget, it’s also exciting. You have so many options, so many jobs to pick (or not pick! Go travel!), and so many choices! The world is your oyster, and with this list, so is the job market.

Below is a more detailed look at the best jobs for recent college graduates in the Hoosier State.

Detailed List Of The Best Entry Level Jobs In Indiana For Recent College Grads

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Industrial Engineers 11.98% $48,130 9,070
2 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 17.62% $39,640 4,740
3 Community Health Workers 21.49% $22,950 1,470
4 Management Analysts 19.92% $41,000 11,800
5 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 20.05% $25,130 4,850
6 Computer Systems Analysts 25.13% $46,120 9,810
7 Cost Estimators 12.53% $34,420 5,210
8 Web Developers 39.13% $33,800 3,200
9 Commercial and Industrial Designers 11.67% $33,630 1,340
10 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 10.73% $41,900 7,740
11 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 0.36% $53,760 2,750
12 Database Administrators 12.87% $39,740 1,930
13 Sales Engineers 6.21% $46,780 1,540
14 Psychiatric Technicians 12.18% $20,620 1,750
15 Human Resources Specialists 9.62% $28,780 11,050
16 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 9.24% $28,140 34,770
17 Clergy 14.89% $20,880 1,080
18 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 23.93% $25,960 1,450
19 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 14.11% $27,220 4,530
20 Computer Network Support Specialists 13.86% $34,820 1,890
21 Insurance Sales Agents 8.07% $24,140 9,370
22 Social and Human Service Assistants 18.06% $18,690 5,950
23 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 6.52% $32,550 2,940
24 Coaches and Scouts 6.92% $16,430 6,800
25 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 18.62% $19,130 3,950
26 Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 12.4% $25,260 1,450
27 Residential Advisors 12.21% $17,240 1,930
28 Computer Programmers -3.55% $39,970 4,620
29 Interior Designers 12.36% $22,050 1,000
30 Rehabilitation Counselors 16.36% $19,860 1,280
31 Advertising Sales Agents -2.24% $22,610 3,060
32 Recreation Workers 11.52% $16,490 6,100