Charlotte, North Carolina: A Smart City
Insulated from Recession and Jobs Increasing
Charlotte - Mecklenburg labor market or Workforce Development area is a prospering region with many attractions to fuel tourism and related industries involving retail, food service, accommodations and others. Healthcare is also a big market contributor.
Being a Smart City, a significant percentage of its population has earned at least a Bachelor's Degree or higher, not to mention all the Associate's Degrees (AA, AS, etc.) and educational certifications of those that do and do not possess the BA/BS. as a college town, Charlotte is very bright educationally and economically and this keeps it somewhat above the fray of economic downturns and recessions.
All this is not to say that some jobs were not lost in the 2008 - 2010 US recession, but Charlotte was not devastated by that timeline of events and the numbers of jobs listed for the market area increased overall from 2005 - 2009 and significantly from July - October 2010. This was in time to experience even more job listings resulting from the 2009 Holiday Season. By July 2014, Charlotte enjoyed job listings of over 58,400 employment vacancies.
Reverend Billy Graham Library and Birthplace Memorial
Billy Graham in Church City
- Library Easter celebration | Photo Gallery | BGEA
Billy Graham Library
- The Billy Graham installation is quite welcoming. A tour of buildings and grounds takes three hours, with an on site cafe and book store for the convenience of visitors.
Political Conventions in Charlotte
- | Photos: Democratic National Convention 2012 | Swampland | TIME.com: http://ti.me/WtnWro - TIME's photo editors bring you the best pictures from the start of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. More photo galleries from the Democratic National Convention: The Obama Brand The Art of Political Stagecraft...
- Highlights from the Democratic National Convention - SFGate
2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte, NC
A Woman Called Charlotte
The City of Charlotte in Mecklinberg County was named a year previous to its founding to honor the mistress of King George III of England during colonial days. This was Charlotte, or "Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz" a German woman of royalty that married George.
This is a reason that the city is called the Queen City. However, during the Revolutionary War, so much dissent and rebellion was given the British by the American Colonists, that the city became known as The Hornet's Nest - much in keeping with the US Naval Jack motto Don't Tread on Me. Colonials that felt English rule to be abusive would not submit to defeat and became like dangerous members of the animal world to the Redcoats.
The city started out as a trading post and fort near the Catawba River, constructed at the crossing of two Native American pathways. The Charlotte area became a gateway for travel from the north to the south for new settlers and remained so, leading to a health Travel and Tourism Industry today. Wagon trails, railroads and a railroad hub, major highways, and finally airports locked in transportation revenues and opportunities.
Some settlers stayed on in Charlotte in stead of moving on and built a number of churches of different denominations, leading to another nickname - Church City. In the 21st Century, numerous organizations and publications have names Charlotte a Best City as well - best place to live, best place to begin a new business, and many others.
Adding to the church city reputation, world famous evangelist Billy Graham was born in Charlotte. A large library in the city is a tribute to his work around the globe.
NASCAR Hall of FameClick thumbnail to view full-size
- Carowinds - North and South Carolina's Best Theme Park
Carowinds is the biggest, most unique theme park experience in the Carolinas.
- Levine Museum of the New South
- The NASCAR Hall of Fame - Where the race lives on.
The official site of The NASCAR Hall of Fame - a state-of-the-art facility that will honor NASCAR icons and create an enduring tribute to the drivers, crew members, team owners and others that have impacted the sport in the past, present and future.
- US National Whitewater Center
I-77 Corridor through Charlotte
I-77 Corridor Creates Economic Health
Long-Term Jobs Increase 2009 - 2015Click thumbnail to view full-size
Top High Demand Jobs In the Greater Charlotte Area
The long-term most frequently listed positions are:
- Registered Nurses, including Nurse Practitioners
- Project Managers
- Truck Drivers with CDL
- Network and Systems Engineers
- Business Analysts
- Software Engineers
- Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineers
- Sales Representatives
- Nursing Assistants
- Pharmacy Technicians
- Medical Assistants
- Speech-Language Pathologists
- Grocery Store Jobs
- Managers and Assistant Managers
- Financial Analysts
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Restaurant and Food Service Managers and Assistants
- Restaurant and Food Service Team Members (Crew, frontline workers)
Job Market Is Increasing in the Research Triangle
Best Charlotte Companies for Hiring
- Carolinas HealthCare System
- Food Lion
- Bayada Nurses
- Novant Health
- Medical Connections, Inc
- Tenet Healthcare Corporation
- Noviant Health
- CDI Corporation
- Bank Of America
- Energy Placement
- Harris Teeter and Pizza Hut - Yum! Brands, Inc. (tied)
- Adecco and Slpjobs.com (tied)
These companies maintain the largest employee groups in Charlotte:
- Bank of America Corp - also a top hiring company.
- International Paper Co
- Mid South Metal Buyers
- Wachovia Corp
- Duke Energy Corp
- Schneider National Inc
- Continental Tire North America
Projected High Growth Jobs to 2025
- Customer Service Representatives (CSRs)
- Retail Sales People
- Combined Food Prep & Service Jobs, including crew and managers
- Home Health Aides (HHAs) and similar aide positions, personal/healthcare.
- Registered Nurses (RNs)
- Janitors and Cleaners
- Bookkeepers, Accountants, Auditors and related Clerks
- General Office Clerks
- Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
- Landscapers, Groundskeepers and helpers
- Sales Representatives, in Wholesale and Manufacturing
- Construction Laborers and Supervisors and Carpenters
- Business Operations jobs
Charlotte is certainly a college town, given the number of high quality universities and colleges in and around the city. Higher education facilities often draw funding, research professionals, and new businesses into a city, thereby creating new fields of work and additional job listings for residents. Students are drawn to such cities and often stay on after graduation.
- Art Institute of Charlotte - Degree programs in the areas of Design, Media Arts, Fashion, and Culinary Arts and Management.
- Belmont Abbey College
- Brookstone College
- Carolina School of Broadcasting
- Carolinas College of Health Sciences
- Carolinas HealthCare System, Mercy School of Nursing
- Central Piedmont Community College
- Community School of the Arts
- Central Piedmont Community College
- DeVry University and Keller Graduate School
- EPCI College of Technology - Charlotte
- European School of Music
- Johnson & Wales University
- Johnson C Smith University
- King's College, Charlotte
- Monart Drawing School
- New Life Theological Seminary
- Pfeiffer University
- Presbyterian Hospital, School of Practical Nursing
- Queens University of Charlotte
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte
- University of Phoenix at the Charlotte Campus
Charlotte Professional and Semi-Pro Sports
- Charlotte Knights Baseball
- Carolina Panthers Football NFL
- Charlotte Bobcats Basketball NBA
- Charlotte Checkers Ice Hockey ECH
- Charlotte Professional Wrestling NWA
- Charlotte Eagles Soccer USL-2
- Charlotte Lady Eagles Soccer W-League
- Charlotte Roller Girls - Roller Derby, flat track.
- Carolina Speed Indoor Football AIFA
- Charlotte Rugby Football Club RSL
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2009 Patty Inglish MS