Charlotte Works’ Career Ladders: What they are and how to use them

March 8, 2018 |

The 2018 career ladders are here!

Career ladders are a popular tool we’ve designed as a resource for career navigation; a visual representation of possible pathways for upward career growth. Each ladder consists of a group of closely related jobs that depict a path from entry-level occupations to those that require advanced skills or education. The ladders also show the average wages and the combined number of job opportunities.

We’ve created career ladders for some of Charlotte’s largest industries including health care, manufacturing, information technology, hospitality and transportation and logistics. In addition to these five ladders, Charlotte Works is launching two new career ladders in construction and real estate and finance and insurance. Together, all seven industries employ more than half of Charlotte’s workforce and accounted for 55 percent of job growth in the past year.

For career counselors and advisors, they serve as great tools to map out career possibilities with career-seekers. They can be an exploratory tool for middle and high school students to decide which industry is the best fit. Employers and human resources professionals can use the career ladders to guide what upward mobility looks like within their organizations. Current employees can learn about the training and education necessary to move up in their field. There’s a variety of ways to use the ladders.

Be on the lookout throughout this month for additional information on each ladder. In the meantime, visit O*Net Online to further research occupations listed on the career ladders or gain in-depth insight on our labor market information page.