Workforce & Education
NORTH CAROLINA WORKERS ARE SKILLED, EDUCATED AND READY TO WORK.
EXPERIENCE THE MOMENTUM
Enterprise software. Open source development. Technology that pushes the boundaries of what’s possible. It’s all at Red Hat — a software company thriving with the help of NC’s top talent.
Brains, Brawn & Business-Friendly Wages
Highly educated and skilled workers cost less in the Tar Heel State.
A Right-to-Work state, North Carolina boasts an impressive array of vocationally trained workers and those with advanced degrees. Our pool of 460,000+ manufacturing employees is the largest in the region, and our talent pipeline is full of roughly 140,000+ postsecondary degree and certificate recipients each year.
Renowned Universities & Community Colleges
Elite higher education institutions across the state power our workforce.
North Carolina has 53 colleges and universities, among which are three Tier 1 research universities — NCSU, Duke and the UNC. The publicly funded university system draws students from all over the world to its 17 institutions. Additionally, NC enrolls more than 800,000 students at the 58 community colleges state-wide, offering some of the most comprehensive and advanced vocational and technical programs in the U.S. In fact, every NC 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.
4th Largest Military Workforce in the Nation
78,000 entering the workforce with high-demand occupational skills.
North Carolina has the fourth-largest active-duty military population in the U.S. with 20,000 anticipated separations through 2019.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.