Jobs in Lafayette

Where to Work In Lafayette, IN

More than 214,500 people live in the metropolitan area of the Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, a city with a gross metropolitan product of $10.5 billion. Home to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ivy Tech, Harrison College and The Saint Elizabeth School of Nursing, Lafayette thrives on its commitment to education, healthcare and manufacturing industries.

The job market in Lafayette is, by most measures, strong. Unemployment rates, according to state numbers, hover in the 3 percent range. Jobs growth is continuing at a steady 2 percent a year, and the cost of living is 11.5 percent below the national average, meaning your pay will go much farther here. Median income for Lafayette is 42,720, just below the national average, but slightly higher than the Indiana average. In fact, Forbes recently named the Lafayette, Indiana area #7 on its list of best small places for business and career, citing its low cost of living and availability of local labor.  

According to the latest Hoosiers by the Numbers survey from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the following employers are the largest in the area:

  1. Purdue University W Lafayette (West Lafayette )
  2. Subaru-indiana Automotive Inc (Lafayette )
  3. IU Health Arnett Hospital (Lafayette )
  4. Wabash National Corp (Lafayette )
  5. Franciscan St Elizabeth East (Lafayette )
  6. Oerlikon Graziano Usa (Lafayette )
  7. Alcoa Inc (Lafayette )
  8. State Farm Insurance (West Lafayette )
  9. Fairfield Manufacturing Corp (Lafayette )
  10. Lafayette Venetian Blind Inc (West Lafayette )

Approximately 106,000 people in the Lafayette area are employed, not counting farm workers. The unemployment rate is approximately 3.9 percent. According to the projections by the US Department of Labor Statistics, the most popular and fastest growing jobs in this area through 2022 will be:

  1. Physician Assistants
  2. Occ. and Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides
  3. Biomedical Engineers
  4. Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  5. Personal Financial Advisors
  6. Physical Therapists
  7. Dental Hygienists
  8. Brickmasons and Blockmasons
  9. Actuaries
  10. Construction Managers

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