North Carolina workers are talented, educated, and ready to work.

That’s in part thanks to our state’s cultural values, as well as our nationally-renowned educational systems, rich training opportunities, and commitment to research and development.

#4

Best Labor Climate

Area Development

2015

460,000+

Largest Manufacturing Workforce in the Southeast

#2

State for Educational Resources

Area Development

2015

Universities

Elite higher education institutions across the state power North Carolina’s workforce

North Carolina has 53 colleges and universities, among which are three Tier 1 research universities — North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The publicly-funded University of North Carolina System draws students from all over the world to its 17 institutions. Renowned private schools such as Wake Forest University and Davidson College also call North Carolina home.

Community Colleges

Pioneering the nation’s most advanced programs in vocational and technical education

The North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) is widely regarded as offering some of the most comprehensive and advanced vocational and technical programs in the U.S. More than 800,000 students enroll at one of NCCCS’s 58 campuses each year. In fact, every North Carolina resident lives within a 30-minute drive of a community college, making high-quality education accessible to the state’s growing workforce.

NCWorks Customized Training Program

Providing custom training and recruiting services for North Carolina businesses

The North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) and North Carolina’s Department of Commerce developed NCWorks, a free, customized job training and recruiting program for new and expanding businesses. NCWorks offers comprehensive training support ranging from NCCCS’s extensive catalogue of established programs to customized curricula tailored to address specific business needs.

Military Workforce

78,000 entering the workforce with high-demand occupational skills

North Carolina has the fourth-largest active-duty military population with 78,000 anticipated separations through 2018. More than 82 percent of the individuals leaving the military in the next three years will be 30 years old or younger and have in-demand experience in fields such as engineering, information technology, healthcare, communications, research and more.