Where to Find Indiana's 11 Most Popular Tech Jobs
Indiana IT professionals looking for jobs in their home state have a lot of ground to cover. Not only are IT jobs fairly plentiful throughout the state, but unlike many of its neighbors, the jobs aren't completely dominated by one or two cities. Compared to its neighbor to the west, Illinois, where the state's IT jobs are almost exclusively in Chicago and its suburbs, Indiana's IT jobs are spread fairly well across the state.
If you're an IT professional looking for IT jobs in Indiana, we're here to help you in your search. We've collected data from professional profiles, data dumps, job postings, and career descriptions from all over the country. If you want to see the whole country's IT job distribution visualized, check out the State of IT Jobs map by CBT Nuggets. If you want to know what the top 11 IT jobs in Indiana are and where to find them, read on.
11. Business Systems Analyst
If you're trained in diagnosing, installing and planning the digital infrastructure a company could need to satisfy its business needs, you're in luck. Business systems analysts are the No. 11 IT job in Indiana, and they're needed throughout the state.
Your best bet will be to start in the larger cities of the state, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Gary and Lafayette. Mid- to large-sized companies will be able to support a team of business systems analysts, and the larger cities tend to house companies like that.
10. IT Project Manager
Like No. 11, the 10th spot on our list is a job that's suited to mid- and large-sized companies that are more likely to be in some of the larger cities of Indiana and their suburbs. IT project managers are invaluable to companies that regularly undertake large digital projects, whether that's software upgrades, hardware rollouts, system redesigns or actually producing digital products for sale.
Indianapolis' suburbs like Carmel, Westfield and Beech Grove all host a lot of the state's jobs that could be a good fit for an IT project manager.
9. Help Desk Support
Help desk support isn't always the most glamorous of jobs, but it regularly makes its way into states' top 10 IT jobs, and in Indiana, it comes in at No. 9. A help desk support job is a great foot in the door to a longer, more specialized career in IT.
Certifications like CompTIA's A+ or IT Fundamentals+ can help set up a help desk support specialist for careers at companies in Indianapolis like CDW, Axia Technology Partners, and Eskenazi Health.
8. Network Administrator
Network administrator is another job that we regularly find in a state's top 10 IT jobs, and small surprise: more and more companies are digitizing their entire workflow. And as more company data finds its way onto internal networks, the cloud and the Internet, businesses need network administrators who can optimize and debug networks.
If you've already earned your Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification, not only are you much more competitive for network administrator positions, but you'll be able to find work in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and South Bend. Jeffersonville in the north of the state has many CCNA jobs, as does Clarksville in the south, along with Evansville.
7. Systems Engineer
In the state of Indiana, systems engineers are the seventh most common job in the IT field, and they're needed throughout the state. The lion's share of jobs for systems engineers in Indiana will be in Indianapolis and its suburbs like Anderson, Fishers and Beech Grove. But South Bend has many positions and so do Louisville suburbs Jeffersonville and Clarksville.
Earning your Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification is one way to not only prove your mastery of all facets of planning a business' digital solutions, but it can set you up for some of the best-paying IT jobs in Indiana.
6. Support Technician
Like the No. 9 job on our list, support technician may not be the most exciting or prestigious of jobs, but the position is in high demand all over the state. Apart from the major metropolitan areas that have been mentioned many times already, companies in Terre Haute, Muncie, Valparaiso, Crane and Mishawaka all need support technicians.
A support technician looking to prepare for greater responsibility, or just looking to brush up on all aspects of the job and verify expertise should consider getting certified by CompTIA. The CompTIA certifications A+ and IT Fundamentals+ are industry standards of excellence for support technicians and are also a great route to a broader career in IT.
5. Software Engineer
Our No. 5 IT job in Indiana is software engineer, and unlike some of the other jobs on this list, a large majority of the positions seem to be in Indianapolis and its suburbs. Our data suggest that about 65% of all of Indiana's software engineer positions would be found In Indianapolis and its suburbs Carmel and Beech Grove.
Trained and certified software engineers would probably want to look to companies like Presidio, Logicalis, CDW or Axia, some of the top IT employers in Carmel and Beech Grove. Unfortunately, if you're looking to get out of a suburb or metro area and work as a software engineer, the job postings sharply drop off outside of Indiana's major cities.
4. Business Analyst
Coming in at four, business analysts are needed in all the major cities of Indiana as well as their suburbs. Job listings and descriptions about business analysts can be found all over the state, from the major metros like Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend and Evansville to smaller cities like Jeffersonville, Columbus, Lafayette and Crane.
3. System Administrator
A system administrator is responsible for maintaining any digital infrastructures that a business might rely on to get their work done. From hardware upgrades and installations to setting up and debugging networks, sysadmins keep companies running all over Indiana.
A system administrator looking to progress in their career to more specialized and challenging roles in IT should consider certifications like the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) or Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). These entry-level certifications prove your excellence as well as prepare you for future positions.
2. Data Analyst
Data analysts today handle, process and make meaning out of tremendous amounts of data. More and more, the data being considered is data about the company's digital footprint, networks, connections and optimized routes. For IT professionals with training and certification in handling networks, systems and software, a data analyst role could be an easy fit.
The state of Indiana is flush with positions for data analyst in all the major cities. If you're interested in working in Indianapolis, South Bend, Jeffersonville or Fort Wayne, or you want to work for companies like Amazon, AT&T or Eli Lilly, data analysts all over Indiana are working for them in those cities.
1. Network Engineer
Topping our list of IT jobs in Indiana is network engineer. Also one of the more technically challenging roles on our list, a network engineer needs to have the skills, experience and know-how to design and develop a company's entire network, from email to data flow to automated system control.
The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) family of certifications or the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) can help validate a network engineer's expertise and set them up for promotion and advancement. With them, a network engineer would have good luck finding work in all Indiana's major cities: Indianapolis, South Bend, Jeffersonville, Fort Wayne and Carmel are the top 5 cities for network engineers.
Hopefully this list helps shed light on where IT professionals can start their search for jobs in their area of expertise. If you're interested in a visualization of IT jobs across the country, take a look at our interactive map, the State of IT Jobs by CBT Nuggets.