High Wage/High Demand Occupations

High Wage/High Demand Occupations are selected using a scoring system based on a number of factors including total growth, replacements and wages.

Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is meant by the term "replacement"?
    Replacements are "net replacement" openings. Net replacement openings estimate the difference between the movement of experienced workers who change jobs to enter other occupations, retire, or leave the workforce for other reasons and the movement of experienced workers filling the openings. The openings that remain unfilled by experienced workers are net replacement openings, available to new workforce entrants. In most occupations, net replacement openings significantly understate the total number of job openings because net replacement openings measure the difference between the number of workers in the workforce who leave an occupation and the number who enter the occupation.
  • What is meant by the annual wage?
    The annual wage is the state median wage for the occupation from the Occupational Employment Statistics program.
  • Please explain the education/training requirement classifications.
    • First professional degree. Completion of the academic program usually requires at least 6 years of full-time equivalent academic study, including college study prior to entering the professional degree program.
    • Doctoral degree. Completion of the degree program usually requires at least 3 years of full-time equivalent academic work beyond the bachelor's degree.
    • Master's degree. Completion of the degree program usually requires 1 or 2 years of full-time equivalent study beyond the bachelor's degree.
    • Work experience, plus a bachelor's or higher degree. Most occupations in this category are managerial occupations that require experience in a related nonmanagerial position.
    • Bachelor's degree. Completion of the degree program generally requires at least 4 years but not more than 5 years of full-time equivalent academic work.
    • Associate degree. Completion of the degree program usually requires at least 2 years of full-time equivalent academic study.
    • Postsecondary vocational training. Some programs last only a few weeks while others may last more than a year. In some occupations, a license is needed that requires passing an examination after completion of the training.
    • Work experience in a related occupation. Some occupations requiring work experience are supervisory or managerial occupations.
    • Long-term on-the-job training. This category includes occupations that generally require more than 12 months of on-the-job training or combined work experience and formal classroom instruction for workers to develop the skills needed for average job performance. This category includes formal and informal apprenticeships that may last up to 4 years and short-term intensive employer-sponsored training that workers must successfully complete. Individuals undergoing training are generally considered to be employed in the occupation. This category includes occupations in which workers may gain experience in non-work activities, such as professional athletes who gain experience through participation in athletic programs in academic institutions.
    • Moderate-term on-the-job training. This category includes occupations in which workers can develop the skills needed for average job performance after 1 to 12 months of combined on-the-job experience and informal training.
    • Short-term on-the-job training. This category covers occupations in which workers can develop the skills needed for average job performance after a short demonstration or up to one month of on-the-job experience or instruction.