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Hi-Tech Jobs in Wake Forest and the Research Triangle

Updated on April 3, 2017
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Ms. Inglish is an award-winning Employment & Training pro with regional records and tens of thousands placed into gainful employment.

American redbud tree in the Duke Forest, Durham NC, Research Triangle.
American redbud tree in the Duke Forest, Durham NC, Research Triangle. | Source

Research, Healthcare, and Technology Giants

Highest In-Demand Jobs Advertisers:

  1. IBM: An IT company located in at least 170 different countries. This company won the most patents in America in 2016.
  2. University of North Carolina and School of Medicine: Researchers from this and nearby schools found the evidence for locating the Lost Roanoke Colony.
  3. BASF Corporation: Aviation, aerospace, defense; part of NASA Commercial Crew.
  4. Biogen: Bio-research technologies for aid of neurological conditions. In April 2017, Biogen won a patent case over its best multiple sclerosis drug that helps thousands of patients.
  5. Cisco: A world leader in information technology, including networks and systems.
  6. Oak Ridge Associated Universities
  7. SAS Institute: IT technical jobs for professionals and interns.
  8. GlaxoSmithKline: Pharmaceuticals and Bio-research
  9. Premier Research: Development of biopharmaceuticals and medical devices.
  10. United Therapeutics: Biotechnologies.
  11. inVentiv Health Clinical
  12. NetApp: Data management services and cloud computing.
  13. Cree: Semiconductor design and manufacturing.
  14. Wright Avenue Partners: Statistics experts, including engineers and writers.
  15. Novella Clinical: Oncology, dermatology and medical devices and diagnostics equipment used for clinical trials (human experiments).

Note: Information collected from local want ads and business news compiled by the author from January - April 2017.

Jobs Increase Over 100%

From 19,000 job listings in April 2010 to over 40,000 jobs in April 2015 through April 2017, good career opportunities have increased in the Research Triangle Park area.

Top 15 Hot Jobs

  1. Software Developers and Engineers
  2. Project Managers in information technology, including bio-technologies, medicine and healthcare.
  3. Retail and Grocery Store managers and Salespeople
  4. Physical and Occupational Therapists: Therapy and bio-techology testing.
  5. Network and Systems Managers
  6. Registered Nurse (Licensed RNs and BSNs)
  7. Licensed Practical Nurses (Licensed LPNs)
  8. Design, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineers
  9. Administrative Assistants
  10. Account Executives: Big ticket products and services.
  11. Software for Business and Technical Applications
  12. Sales Representatives, inside and outside.
  13. Accounting Supervisors
  14. Financial Advisors
  15. Healthcare Support jobs

Besides a large cluster in Wake Forest, the majority of local jobs are located in nearby Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Research Triangle Park, Morrisville, and Clayton.

Research Triangle Insitute
Research Triangle Insitute | Source

Wake Forest is not only home of Wake Forest University, but an interesting center for a number of additional leading edge facilities.

As the fastest-growing city in North Carolina, Wake Forest thrives at the edge of the North Carolina Research Triangle, a major center of technological development in the Southeast United States.

This research hub has resulted in recognition from 2007 through 2017 by and other major publications as a fastest-growing American suburb. Growth will continue as the number for foreign relocations into the Research Triangle results in new partnerships and businesses that combine the resources of higher education, government, and state and local commerce.

Thousands Of Patents

By the beginning of 2016, the Research Triangle Park had registered nearly 3,300 patents with the US Patent Office.

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Growth Jobs in the Triangle Region

The Triangle contains from 3 to 13 counties total, 13 comprising the Greater Triangle Area of North Carolina. Green coloring indicates the 3 core counties of the Triangle: Durham, Orange, and Wake. Purple indicates US Census Bureau statistical determ
The Triangle contains from 3 to 13 counties total, 13 comprising the Greater Triangle Area of North Carolina. Green coloring indicates the 3 core counties of the Triangle: Durham, Orange, and Wake. Purple indicates US Census Bureau statistical determ

Few metropolitan areas in the US can offer as many employers as the Research Triangle that are listing jobs and hiring. The positions available in 2010 increased dramatically by 2014, surged to 2017 and are expected to increase through 2024, involving:

  • IT for bio-tech, disease prevention, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, aviation and aerospace, and defense;
  • Retail and Wholesale Sales;
  • Healthcare and Medical Diagnosis and Devices; and
  • Financial Services.

Financial Services in an interesting entry in Triangle jobs and business, one involved with business and personal finances and especially the continuing local business start up and expansion. Some of these businesses are related to the health and medical sectors, such as bio-regeneration; i.e., growing new organs and systems through the almost-magic pig-derived ECM or extracellular matrix.

Produced from a pig's bladder, this powder, when placed near human tissue, will duplicate it. Television broadcasts have shown a senior citizen with a new esophagus, and research is under way to attempt to duplicate bone and other critical tissues.

At the same time, patients' own stem cells can be used to treat certain conditions, while the Research Triangle Institute studies chromosomal birth defects with an eye toward prevention.

Wake Forest, established in 1907, is about 10 miles northeast of Raleigh, the State Capital and one of three city anchors for the Research Triangle.

According to BusinessWeek, the number of Wake Forest households increased at least 118% from 2000 – 2010, meaning that they more than doubled in 10 years.

The Triangle area is largely responsible for this growth, drawing talented professions and their families to the area and attracting even more business enterprises. Local communities recovered from the Great recession to become fast-growing leaders in IT, biological, and medical technologies.

The Research Triangle is anchored by Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. The larger 13-county region offers recognized effective K-12 school systems that consistently advertise jobs, a social and employment climate that encourages a growing diversity in the Triangle, and a large healthcare system attached to innovative heath-and-medical products and services developed in partnership among universities, government agencies, and private sector businesses.

Downtown Wake Forest

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Status as a college town and ownership of a vital Downtown are two elements that result in continued city growth and prosperity. The related March 2010 newsletter announced 6 new businesses openings, including a dance club. art studios, a body art shop and others. Special events occur around the year and dedicated activities after 5:00 PM help draw people to the active central city.


Wake Forest is near the Raleigh-Durham International Airport and highways I-85, I-40, and US-1. Amtrak trains are accessible in Raleigh NC. Passenger buses run via Triangle Transit Authority (TTA) and the city bus systems of Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh (Capital Area Transit). TTA's WFL Wake Forest Loop (free) and WFX Wake Forest-Raleigh Express are especially useful routes.

Higher Education for Local Jobs

  1. Campbell University
  2. Central Carolina Community College
  3. Duke University - Durham
  4. Durham Technical Community College
  5. Meredith Colleges system
  6. North Carolina Central University
  7. North Carolina State University
  8. Peace College
  9. Pfeiffer University
  10. Piedmont Community College
  11. School of Communication Arts
  12. Shaw University
  13. St. Augustine's College
  14. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  15. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  16. UNC School of Medicine
  17. Vance-Granville Community College
  18. Wake Forest University
  19. WFU School of Medicine and WFU Baptist Medical Center
  20. Wake Technical Community College

Julia Balk, artist. The Student Body UNC Chapel Hill NC 133152
Julia Balk, artist. The Student Body UNC Chapel Hill NC 133152 | Source

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    • eztranslation profile image

      eztranslation 6 years ago from NY, NY

      This is a really interesting hub. Living in New York City, I always forget that there are lots of centers of information and data. Obviously there are a lot of great universities near Wake Forest, but do you think there are other factors that contribute to the density of opportunities?

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      I've done quite a few, based on job opportunities and travel attractions and to do all will keep me busy for quite a while -- Nice to be busy! Thanks for posting, JodiVee.

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      JodiVee 6 years ago

      great hub, now if only there were a hub like this for every major city in North America ;)

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Thanks for the information, Dave - too close to commute every day, but possibly on weekends.

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      Davemcnc 7 years ago

      Wake Forest University moved to Winston Salem NC in 1956 which is about 120 miles away from Wake Forest.

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      caretakerray 7 years ago

      Patty Inglish, MS:

      great hub. thanx :)


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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Thank you, Hello, hello! It is stunningly beautful in North and South Carolina. These were my favorite states when I was a child.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a very well research and informative hub. The pictures are beautiful