These Are The 5 Best Industries For Jobs In North Carolina For 2018

By Chris Kolmar
Mar. 1, 2018

Find a Job You Really Want In

When we normally think of North Carolina things like great hikes and trails, all time best things to do, and good food and home cooking.

But there’s also a strong economy and job market that has been improving in recent years.

Here at Zippia, we like to take a closer look at local economies to understand what jobs and industries are doing better than others. We think this helps job seekers and people thinking of moving to the area for a job know what to expect.

So we set our sights on uncovering the best industries within North Carolina.

Read on to see how we determined which industries rise above the competition to become the best of the best.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the North Carolina job scene here:

How we determined the best industries in the Tar Heel State for jobs

We believe that the data never lies or that it at least lies a lot less than any one person’s opinion. So we went on a mission to collect as much data as we could about the North Carolina job market.

At the end of the day, we were able to find the following, relevant criteria for determining the best industries:

  • Average Salary
  • Job Availability
  • Average Stress Level Of Jobs In The Industry

The sources of data include the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Department of Labor.

Stress level is an index created by self reported statistics from people in the industry. We ranked each industry on these from 1 to 20 where 1 was the best.

Finally, we averaged all the rankings together to create a ‘Best Industry’ index. We crowned the industry with the lowest score, Healthcare Practitioners And Technical, as the best industry in North Carolina.

For a detail table of the data, check out the bottom of the post. But now, carry on to learn more about why the various industries are so great for jobs.

Detailed List Of The Best Industries In North Carolina

Rank Industry Average Salary # Of People
1 Healthcare Practitioners And Technical $74,760 265,870
2 Computer And Mathematical $84,280 125,030
3 Education, Training, And Library $48,330 266,340
4 Production And Manufactoring $33,930 344,780
5 Architecture And Engineering $77,210 61,830
6 Business And Financial Operations $72,410 208,340
7 Office And Administrative Support $34,700 630,420
8 Installation, Maintenance, And Repair $44,260 175,420
9 Life, Physical, And Social Science $67,740 33,800
10 Transportation $31,940 308,040
11 Sales $39,760 454,500
12 Healthcare Support $26,610 153,090
13 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, And Media $52,760 40,760
14 Community And Social Service $43,960 49,510
15 Food Preparation And Serving Related $21,240 412,150
16 Protective Service $36,580 102,560
17 Construction And Extraction $38,660 147,430
18 Personal Care And Service $24,910 108,400
19 Building And Grounds Cleaning And Maintenance $24,580 130,920
20 Farming, Fishing, And Forestry $31,200 9,360

Summing up the best industries in North Carolina

There you have it; Healthcare Practitioners And Technical is the best industry to be in if you live around North Carolina.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Farming, Fishing, And Forestry Industry ranks as the worst in North Carolina mostly due to bad pay and scarcity of jobs.

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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