Talk to your counselor today about skilled, hands-on careers.


Earn a living working with your hands and your brains

Many of northeast Indiana’s best careers involve learning hands-on skills in manufacturing and the construction trades. Employers in these industries are hungry for your skills and certifications, and offer good-paying opportunities to work here at home.

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A college degree is a great goal, but it is not necessary for many manufacturing and skilled trades careers. You may even be able to earn an industry-recognized certificate in these highly-regarded skills in a year or less - even before you finish high school. More training leads to more certificates, and even bigger paychecks. And, you will have the opportunity to minimize college debt or avoid it altogether.

Northeast Indiana has several places where you can learn manufacturing and skills needed in the construction trades. Check out the MADEBYME training partner closest to you - or the one that best suits your needs - and talk with your school counselor about how to access those training programs.

The Quick Facts

Did You Know...Manufacturing is the largest employment sector in northeast Indiana with more than 84,000 jobs.
Did You Know...Manufacturing earnings in northeast Indiana are roughly $18,000 more a year than the region’s overall average.
Did You Know...Including benefits, the average annual earnings in manufacturing is $68,310 in northeast Indiana.
Did You Know...One of every 4.6 jobs in northeast Indiana is in manufacturing. Statewide, Indiana employs a larger percentage of people in manufacturing than any other state.
Did You Know...Demand for manufacturing and skilled trades workers is expected to be strong through the next decade.
Did You Know...Including benefits, the average annual earnings in the construction trades is $54,848 in northeast Indiana.
Did You Know...In the skilled trades, plumbers, electricians, carpenters and sheet metal workers are among the top-employing occupations.