Sectors are cool: Our five interactive career paths are now live!

January 17, 2014 |

If you’ve not checked out the Charlotte Works website lately, here’s a great reason: our new interactive career paths are now live!

The pathways explore the 10-county Charlotte region’s five hottest industry sectors:

Each pathway highlights careers by education level and area of specialization, with job titles, number of jobs open over the last year and average salary range for the area on the top level.

Click on a specific title to visit a profile page that describes day-to-day duties and links to training programs.

As Charlotte Works’ President and CEO Steve Partridge has noted, “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. These web-based tools will help job-seekers and students understand which sectors are growing and the types of skills necessary to land a good-paying job in each.”

“The College and Career Readiness Department at Central Piedmont Community College is very excited about the opportunities that the career paths offer to our students,” says Kathi McLendon, dean, college and career readiness at Central Piedmont Community College. “Many of our students who are interested in enrolling in our Pathways to Employment program are unsure about their career options. The career paths provide them with the information they need to make informed decisions. The paths allow them to see the financial benefits that will come with continued education and training, as well as concise descriptions of the type of work that each career entails. The career paths are a wonderful resource for any adult trying to make a career decision!”

And adults are not the only audience for the career paths: “I think it’s a great tool for both parents and students to understand the employment opportunities at each level of the educational experience. It gives them the information they need to make an informed career decision for future plans and how to get there,” says Jimmy Chancey, director, career and technical education, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. “For the first time, we have a tool that shows students different income levels in a great visual and helps them make the connection between the entry level and an advanced level within a career sector.”

We’ve also added two other online tools that provide information on job vacancies and local hiring needs and help job-seekers identify the skills and training necessary for success:

  • Through a simple keyword search, Central Piedmont Community College’s Career Coach provides local employment statistics, detailed salary information, job postings, ways to identify skill gaps and a built-in resume-building tool.
  • Career Headlight (developed by the Centralina Workforce Development Board) delivers local data on high-demand jobs, growing industry sectors and in-demand skills; and identifies specific skill sets and job training for the local job market.

Access these and other tools from our website.