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Work Local: Top 5 Cities for Registered Nurses in Indiana

Oct 31, 2016 | Harrison College

Work Local: Top 5 Cities for Registered Nurses in Indiana

Many questions come up when considering a new career path. What training is necessary? Will you enjoy the daily duties? Will you even be able to find a job?

As an aspiring nurse, you’ve probably heard rumors about the nursing shortage caused, in part, by the aging baby boomer generation. But these shortages are only affecting large metropolitan areas, right? Wrong!

The truth is that nurses are in need everywhere — even right here in Indiana! So there’s no need to pack up your things and move across country to land your dream job as a registered nurse (RN). Instead, you can make a career caring for the citizens in your own community. It doesn’t get much more satisfying than that!

Jobs for RNs are projected to increase 16 percent through 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This is more than twice the national average for all occupations. And luckily for you, this type of growth isn’t limited to one area of the country.

“The average age of employed nurses is around 45 years. Nurses are now beginning to retire,” says Paula Hartman, Dean of Nursing at Harrison College. “Our overall aging population leads to more chronic illnesses and, therefore, more patients who need care. In addition, more outpatient facilities are being utilized to manage care and we need nurses to meet their staffing needs.”

Where are Indiana RN jobs concentrated?

We used real-time job posting analysis software to analyze more than 33,000 registered nurse jobs posted in Indiana throughout the past year.1 The data helped us identify the five Indiana cities where RNs are in highest demand.

Top 5 Cities for Registered Nurses in Indiana

  1. Indianapolis: 10,281 job postings
  2. Fort Wayne: 2,644 job postings
  3. Terre Haute: 1,134 job postings
  4. South Bend: 1,111 job postings
  5. Evansville: 854 job postings

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Indianapolis tops the list, because it boasts the largest population in the state. More people inevitably leads to more patients. But as you can see, demand for RNs isn’t just concentrated in the big city — there are significant pockets of demand for nurses all across the state of Indiana.

Is demand growing for RNs in these locations?

Another factor to consider is the increase in demand over time. Is the current surge in nursing jobs merely an anomaly or has this growth developed steadily over time? To help answer that, we consulted the data to compare the increase or decrease of open RN positions from 2010 to 2015 for each Indiana city on our list:1

Change in RN job postings in Indiana (2010 – 2015)

  1. Indianapolis: +271%
  2. Fort Wayne: +476%
  3. Terre Haute: +328%
  4. South Bend: +280%
  5. Evansville: -11%

As you can see, the number of job RN job postings has increased substantially for four of the top five cities. These percentages may seem like they’ve made a drastic jump, but keep in mind that much of the country was still reeling from recession in 2010. Evansville’s job posting numbers did experience a slight dip, but in the grand scheme of things, the demand for RNs in Evansville has remained fairly steady over time.

What nursing degrees are in demand in Indiana?

The opportunity for nursing hopefuls to find jobs in Indiana is clear. The next logical question is what education is required to land these positions? After analyzing job postings based on required education level, we were able to determine the nursing degrees Indiana employers are seeking most.

Indiana RN jobs available based on degree level

  • High school degree: 1.4%
  • Associate degree: 73.8%
  • Bachelor’s degree: 23.2%
  • Master’s degree: 1.6%

As you can see, earning an associate degree in nursing will open a lot of doors to RN jobs in Indiana. That means you can get started serving your community in two years or less! And if you determine you’d like to advance your nursing degree later on in your career, you’ll increase your job prospects even more!

Care for your community

If you’re interested in becoming a registered nurse in Indiana, the opportunities are out there! In fact, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development selected RN as the top career in the annual Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs list for 2015.

Not only are these jobs prevalent, but they also pay well. According to the BLS, the 2015 median annual salary for registered nurses was $67,490. What’s more, Indiana was ranked America’s fourth least-expensive state to live in 2015. The above-average earning potential and low cost of living make for a attractive outlook for RNs in this state.

You’re now aware of the exciting opportunity available to nursing hopefuls in Indiana. If you’re ready to serve your local community as a registered nurse, it’s time to learn more about the education and training that will get you there.

Click here to request more information on the nursing degree offerings at Harrison College. (analysis of 33,260 RN job postings in Indiana, Oct. 01, 2015 – Sep. 30, 2016). (analysis of 26,599 RN job postings in Indiana based on education level, Oct. 01, 2015 – Sep. 30, 2016).

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