Individual Contributor

Career Overview

Career Overview

$91,729
median annual salary
List item iconBe your own boss and an important part of the chain of production.
List item iconLearn the fundamentals of high-level business processes.
List item iconGain entrepreneurial skills as you learn how to optimize manufacturing operations.
List item iconBecome a master of your skillset and help inform company leadership.
List item iconMake your own schedule and work on your own time.

What It Takes

Being an individual contributor means working your way up through a company without taking a management track. It’s an opportunity to work on your specialty without the day-to-day responsibilities of leading a team of people. If you like to work alone, explore this career.

Strong Work Ethic

Individual contributors need to be masters of their craft and great self-motivators.  

An Independent Mindset

Although you’re not a manager, you’re just as accountable for upholding the standards of the company.

Problem-Solving Skills

You’ll be challenged every day with new, evolving situations. You have to adapt and react.

Collaborative Thinking

You might not be a manager, but you still need to collaborate seamlessly with a team.

An Entrepreneurial Spirit

Learning more about how a business works will go a long way in this profession.

Career Progression

Career Progression

Step 1
Find your focus area
Step 2
Obtain degree or certification
Step 3
Master your skill
Step 4
Become company partner

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Logo for Founded in 1863 in South Bend, Indiana, 1st Source Bank has offered clients a convenient and friendly way to bank for over 155 years.
Founded in 1863 in South Bend, Indiana, 1st Source Bank has offered clients a convenient and friendly way to bank for over 155 years.
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Logo for Specializing in complex composite assemblies for the aerospace industry, Applied Composites has a long history of providing customer satisfaction by focusing on continuous improvement processes that help reduce time and cost.
Specializing in complex composite assemblies for the aerospace industry, Applied Composites has a long history of providing customer satisfaction by focusing on continuous improvement processes that help reduce time and cost.
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Logo for Ardagh Group is a global leader in metal and glass packaging solutions, producing packaging for the world’s leading brands. We trace our roots all the way back to the Irish Glass Bottle Company, founded in 1932. Since then we have grown rapidly to a team
Ardagh Group is a global leader in metal and glass packaging solutions, producing packaging for the world’s leading brands. We trace our roots all the way back to the Irish Glass Bottle Company, founded in 1932. Since then we have grown rapidly to a team
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Logo for Ball Corporation manufactures aluminum packaging for beverage, personal care and household products, and provides aerospace and other technologies for commercial and government customers.
Ball Corporation manufactures aluminum packaging for beverage, personal care and household products, and provides aerospace and other technologies for commercial and government customers.
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Logo for We are a trusted supply chain integration partner committed to providing our clients a competitive advantage by designing and delivering world-class distribution and production solutions.
We are a trusted supply chain integration partner committed to providing our clients a competitive advantage by designing and delivering world-class distribution and production solutions.
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Logo for We are a company that is proud of our heritage which is rich in product innovation, customer focus, and strategic growth. The dedication of our team members has allowed us to grow into a leading global provider of innovative solutions.
We are a company that is proud of our heritage which is rich in product innovation, customer focus, and strategic growth. The dedication of our team members has allowed us to grow into a leading global provider of innovative solutions.
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Logo for The Biospecimen Collection and Banking Core (aka BC-Squared) is a core facility which is located in the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, a part of the IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis.
The Biospecimen Collection and Banking Core (aka BC-Squared) is a core facility which is located in the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, a part of the IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis.
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Logo for Black Equipment was founded in 1956 by MJ and Gladys Black. From the beginning, Black Equipment has been a family owned company and remains that way today with a keen sense of responsibility and gratitude for our customers and employees.
Black Equipment was founded in 1956 by MJ and Gladys Black. From the beginning, Black Equipment has been a family owned company and remains that way today with a keen sense of responsibility and gratitude for our customers and employees.
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Logo for From the people who chart our course to those who put our plans into action, bp is an exciting place to be for anyone who wants to be part of the global energy business.
From the people who chart our course to those who put our plans into action, bp is an exciting place to be for anyone who wants to be part of the global energy business.
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Logo for Builders FirstSource is the nation’s largest supplier of structural building products, value-added components, and services to the professional market for new residential construction and repair and remodeling.
Builders FirstSource is the nation’s largest supplier of structural building products, value-added components, and services to the professional market for new residential construction and repair and remodeling.
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Logo for “To help clients identify costly issues with homes they are selling or purchasing through informative reporting methods and techniques.“
“To help clients identify costly issues with homes they are selling or purchasing through informative reporting methods and techniques.“
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Logo for We are one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, built upon a foundation of serving customers for over 150 years.
We are one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, built upon a foundation of serving customers for over 150 years.
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Logo for We are a talent-sourcing company committed to aligning consultants job and career expectations with the project and resource needs of our clients.
We are a talent-sourcing company committed to aligning consultants job and career expectations with the project and resource needs of our clients.
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Logo for As a fabricator, designer, and installer, Executive Elevator leads the vertical transportation industry in design, service, and delivery.  We specialize in both Commercial and Residential elevators with custom engineered solutions.
As a fabricator, designer, and installer, Executive Elevator leads the vertical transportation industry in design, service, and delivery. We specialize in both Commercial and Residential elevators with custom engineered solutions.
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Logo for FDB is the leading provider of clinical and descriptive drug knowledge that’s integrated into healthcare information systems around the world.
FDB is the leading provider of clinical and descriptive drug knowledge that’s integrated into healthcare information systems around the world.
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Logo for True experts in electrical machines, FLANDERS specializes in the development, manufacturing, integration, and deployment of advanced technologies for the world’s largest machines with electric rotating systems.
True experts in electrical machines, FLANDERS specializes in the development, manufacturing, integration, and deployment of advanced technologies for the world’s largest machines with electric rotating systems.
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Logo for Since 1941, FORUM Credit Union has built a reputation based on serving our members and our community. That means we’ve dedicated  80 years to helping our members live their financial dreams.
Since 1941, FORUM Credit Union has built a reputation based on serving our members and our community. That means we’ve dedicated 80 years to helping our members live their financial dreams.
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Logo for GEMCO Constructors is a mechanical, electrical, plumbing, building automation systems and service contractor.
GEMCO Constructors is a mechanical, electrical, plumbing, building automation systems and service contractor.
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Logo for Founded in 1910, German American is a very strong financial services provider in Indiana and Kentucky, specializing in banking, insurance, investments and wealth management for business and retail customers.
Founded in 1910, German American is a very strong financial services provider in Indiana and Kentucky, specializing in banking, insurance, investments and wealth management for business and retail customers.
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Helmer Scientific
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Logo for With employment of over 2,400 associates and capital investment exceeding $900 million, HMIN manufactures automobiles primarily for the U.S. market, and for export to markets outside of North America.
With employment of over 2,400 associates and capital investment exceeding $900 million, HMIN manufactures automobiles primarily for the U.S. market, and for export to markets outside of North America.
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Logo for Our Mission:
We promote public safety by providing meaningful, effective opportunities for successful re-entry.
Our Mission: We promote public safety by providing meaningful, effective opportunities for successful re-entry.
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Logo for Making spaces better places to work and live
Making spaces better places to work and live
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Logo for Kimball Electronics is a leading contract manufacturer of durable electronics serving a variety of industries on a global scale. Our team of people creates solutions that improve people’s health, safety, productivity, and comfort.
Kimball Electronics is a leading contract manufacturer of durable electronics serving a variety of industries on a global scale. Our team of people creates solutions that improve people’s health, safety, productivity, and comfort.
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Logo for Awarded Top Workplaces in Central Indiana for the last six years.

Knowledge Services is a certified woman-owned (WBE) professional services organization with employees located in offices throughout North America.
Awarded Top Workplaces in Central Indiana for the last six years. Knowledge Services is a certified woman-owned (WBE) professional services organization with employees located in offices throughout North America.
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Logo for Leaf Software Solutions has been delivering mission critical business solutions for over 34 years. Our consultative approach results in custom-tailored solutions that create value for your business.
Leaf Software Solutions has been delivering mission critical business solutions for over 34 years. Our consultative approach results in custom-tailored solutions that create value for your business.
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Logo for Merchandise Warehouse has been in business since 1951 here in Indianapolis, IN.  We serve our company’s customers by storing, shipping, and receiving product into and out of our 500,000+ sq ft. multi-temp warehouse in Indianapolis and Pendleton, IN.
Merchandise Warehouse has been in business since 1951 here in Indianapolis, IN. We serve our company’s customers by storing, shipping, and receiving product into and out of our 500,000+ sq ft. multi-temp warehouse in Indianapolis and Pendleton, IN.
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Logo for MSP has manufactured precision machined products for the Aerospace and Defense Industries, and has developed a worldwide leading reputation for excellence, with virtually all corporate, commercial, general and military aircraft containing our components.
MSP has manufactured precision machined products for the Aerospace and Defense Industries, and has developed a worldwide leading reputation for excellence, with virtually all corporate, commercial, general and military aircraft containing our components.
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Logo for Paschall Logistics is a logistics and broker family with strong pillars of ethics, initiative, and teamwork. We're 100% employee owned. Why just work for a company when you can own it?
Paschall Logistics is a logistics and broker family with strong pillars of ethics, initiative, and teamwork. We’re 100% employee owned. Why just work for a company when you can own it?
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Logo for Since 1988, Performance Validation, an employee-owned company, has been providing customized solutions for commissioning, qualification, and validation for our clients.
Since 1988, Performance Validation, an employee-owned company, has been providing customized solutions for commissioning, qualification, and validation for our clients.
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Logo for We began producing antivirus and encryption products nearly 30 years ago. Today our products help secure the networks used by 100 million people in 150 countries and 400,000 businesses.
We began producing antivirus and encryption products nearly 30 years ago. Today our products help secure the networks used by 100 million people in 150 countries and 400,000 businesses.
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Logo for Thrivent is a Fortune 500 financial services organization, providing advice, investments, insurance, banking and generosity programs and solutions so people can make the most of all they’ve been given.
Thrivent is a Fortune 500 financial services organization, providing advice, investments, insurance, banking and generosity programs and solutions so people can make the most of all they’ve been given.
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Logo for Home to the Highlander, and Highlander Hybrid midsize SUVs, the Sienna minivan and the Sequoia full-size SUV.
Home to the Highlander, and Highlander Hybrid midsize SUVs, the Sienna minivan and the Sequoia full-size SUV.
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Logo for Our vision is to advance patient care by optimizing the management of clinical assets in an environment of ever-increasing complexity and demand.
Our vision is to advance patient care by optimizing the management of clinical assets in an environment of ever-increasing complexity and demand.
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Logo for The most trusted name in damage prevention, we provide the highest quality, most accurate, and safest locating services utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and technologies.
The most trusted name in damage prevention, we provide the highest quality, most accurate, and safest locating services utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and technologies.
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Landscaper Crew Leader
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Laborer
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Treasury Services Sales Specialist I, Treasury Services, Valparaiso, IN
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Manager, Item Processing & EFT Departments, Operations Center, South Bend, IN
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Field Supervisor
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Public Safety Officer
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Traffic Control Technician
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Field Services Engineer
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Appliance Delivery & Install
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Rotational Technician
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Cloud Engineer, IT, South Bend, IN
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Regulatory Compliance Director
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Facility Planning Manager
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Life Safety Code Specialist
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Plumber III
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Landscape Installer
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Load Builder II
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Design Technician I
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Assembler
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Office Administrator I
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Yard Worker
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Jr. Mechanic-Operations
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Construction Laborer
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Reach Truck Operator
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Painter II
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Machinist 1
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Plumbing Service Professional
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Restoration/Reconstruction Techn
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Epoxy Floor Installer
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Field Service Technician (MEM) – Full Time
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Communications Operator
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Equipment Operator/Laborer – Benefits on Day One!
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Plant Utility
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Plant Utility | Belmont Sand and Gravel
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Plant Utility | Johnson County Sand and Gravel
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Plant Utility | Noblesville Sand
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Plant Utility | Noblesville Stone
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Utility Person – Benefits on Day One!
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Industrial Engineer
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Family Teacher
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Foster Care Advocate
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Private Mental Health Quality Improvement Team Lead
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Investigations Coordinator
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Indiana 211 – Hotline Advocate
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Commissioning Engineer/Specialist
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Installation & Service Field Technician
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Mechanical Design Engineer
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Process Automation Engineer

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