North Carolina Career Guide: Fastest Growing Careers

If you're thinking about moving to the southern United States you might consider North Carolina due to its many growing career opportunities. If you are wondering which ones are growing the fastest, this career guide should help.

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North Carolina has several industries that lead the state, such as retail and wholesale trade and chemical manufacturing. At 4.4%, the state's unemployment rate was only slightly above the national average and down from a steady 4.5% from November 2017-March 2018, according to April 2018 information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). An average hourly wage of $22.15 is paid to North Carolina workers as reported by May 2017 statistics provided by the BLS.

What Are the Fastest-Growing Job Opportunities in North Carolina?

CareerInfoNet ( reports that most of the top jobs expected to grow the fastest between 2014-2024 in North Carolina are in the fields of construction and healthcare. Below, these jobs are listed with their expected growth rates:

  • Nurse Practitioners: 39%
  • Orthotists and Prosthetists: 39%
  • Helpers: Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons and Tile and Marble Setters: 38%
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants: 38%
  • Hearing Aid Specialists: 36%
  • Home Health Aides: 35%
  • Physical Therapist Assistants: 35%
  • Physician Assistants: 35%
  • Phlebotomists: 33%
  • Physical Therapist Aides: 33%

Potential Earning Capacity

Many of the largest growing occupations in the construction industry are at the helper level. According to the Labor and Economic Analysis Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, in 2017 the mean annual wages of the top fastest-growing jobs in the construction and extraction field were as follows:

  • Brickmasons and Blockmasons: $36,910
  • Electrician Helpers: $27,450
  • Helpers for Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons and Marble and Tile Setters: $27,110
  • Helpers-Roofers: $26,740
  • Helpers-Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters: $28,420

CareerInfoNet notes that, with the exception of chief executives, all of the top 10 highest-paying jobs in North Carolina in 2014 were in the healthcare industry. All had median annual wages of over $190,000.

Which Industries Will See the Largest Growth?

In line with the fastest growing occupations, construction and healthcare industries will see significant growth in NC between 2014-2024. According the the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the following industries will see about 25% or greater growth through 2024:

  • Ambulatory Health Care Services
  • Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
  • Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises
  • Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
  • Health Care and Social Assistance

What Are The Declining Industries?

Manufacturing and textiles will take a hit in the coming years in NC, the North Carolina Department of Commerce reports. The industries that will see the deepest declines through 2024 include:

  • Crop Production
  • Animal Production
  • Apparel Manufacturing
  • Petrol and Coal Products Manufacturing
  • Textile Mills
  • Textile Product Mills
  • Paper Manufacturing
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