Indiana’s Economy Benefits from Engineering
Deciding to pursue a degree in engineering can be a lucrative and fulfilling choice. Recently, there has been a major drive to get people interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to fill job openings that have been cropping up around the nation and in the state of Indiana. The advancement of technology has encouraged these positions, and people are finding that they can get exciting and financially supportive positions in these industries.
The Value of Engineering to Indiana’s Economy
While many places around the world are seeing growth in the STEM sectors, places like Indiana project that stem jobs will grow faster in the next decade than any other occupation. Thus, they are looking to get employees started on their education as soon as possible.
Historically, Indiana has always had a strong engineering and manufacturing economy. At one time, it was known for manufacturing steel. There has been a resurgence of engineering and manufacturing within the state, and there are factories for almost every industry imaginable.
Indiana is the largest steel-producing state and has held that title since 1975. The Calmut region, located in northwest Indiana, produces 27% of all U.S. steel. Indiana is also known for auto manufacturing and is ranked 2nd for this industry. Other manufacturing industries within the state include medical devices and pharmaceuticals, electrical equipment, chemical products, rubber, factory machinery, transportation equipment, rubber and petroleum and coal products.
Technology has had a huge impact on the manufacturing industry, creating machines that make the process faster and more cost-effective. As technology makes its way into the state, the need for skilled workers who can build and maintain this advanced equipment is necessary. However, it’s not only the machines that have an impact on manufacturing and creating the necessary parts to keep the world running. Developing new processes is also important, and that is achieved by engineers who have the education and skillset to accomplish those tasks.
From diesel engines to other car parts to steel tubing and shelving, there are a lot of industries that rely on technology and engineering to run. As the demand for these products increases, the demand for skilled, educated workers also increases—and that means engineering is an incredibly important aspect of Indiana’s economy.
Check out this video highlighting a manufacturing facility located in Indiana.