Making sectors cool: check out our updated career paths

October 19, 2013 |

Charlotte’s economy is quickly recovering as employers add jobs or move operations to our area. Up until now, Charlotte has enjoyed this rapid job growth due, in part, to our ample supply of qualified workers and the amazing quality of life that we all enjoy.

However, our job engine is in danger of slowing if the availability of qualified local talent doesn’t continue to expand. Across our region, we have many talented workers who are actively seeking to improve their job prospects, yet the skills many of them possess are often not an exact fit for the types of jobs local employers need to compete globally.

To address this misalignment, in Charlotte Works is launching a series of web-based tools to help job-seekers and students understand which sectors are growing and the types of skills necessary to land a good-paying job each.

Our first interactive career path went live on October 4 and is directed to the advanced manufacturing sector.

In the next 45 days, we’ll add additional career paths for energy, healthcare, information technology and supply chain management.

When you visit our website to view the new career paths, you’ll learn about the projected growth for each job, local wage data ranges, where to find local training options to address skill shortages and specific information about what it’s like to do each job (“a day in the life”).

Charlotte Works will continuously update and enhance this data to ensure that it’s always current and meets local employers’ needs. In fact, the data was shaped by local employers to ensure we understand what a successful job candidate looks like.

Charlotte Works’ staff and volunteers can advise you on these sectors and tailor training or your resume to help you become a qualified individual who can quickly move into these high-demand sectors. Our goal is ensure that Charlotte has the talent not only for today’s job market, but that our workforce is ready to meet the challenges of these next-generation careers.