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Charlotte, North Carolina: A Smart City

Updated on August 21, 2016
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Ms. Inglish has 30 years of successful experience in medicine, psychology, STEM courses, and aerospace education (CAP).

Uptown Charlotte
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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

A much visited site in Charlotte, NC.
A much visited site in Charlotte, NC. | Source
  • 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.

Strong, Smart People and Politics

US Naval Jack, an early flag of the state.
US Naval Jack, an early flag of the state.

Democratic National Convention in Charlotte

  • | Photos: Democratic National Convention | 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
  • CHARLOTTE, N.C.: After furor, Democrats change platform position on Israel | Politics | - In damage control, the Democratic Party abruptly reversed course Wednesday and reinstated language to the party's platform asserting that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. The party also reinstated the word "God" in the platform.

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 and Other Events

NASCAR Hall of Fame

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Skyline of Uptown-Downtown, under constant development.
Skyline of Uptown-Downtown, under constant development.
Skyline of Uptown-Downtown, under constant development.

I-77 Corridor through Charlotte

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I-77 Corridor Creates Economic Health

I-77 runs from Cleveland OH through Charlotte and on to Flordia. Carowinds Theme Park is just one of the attractions in North Carolina on I-77.
I-77 runs from Cleveland OH through Charlotte and on to Flordia. Carowinds Theme Park is just one of the attractions in North Carolina on I-77.

Long-Term Jobs Increase 2005 - 2015, especially 2009 - 2015

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Top High Demand Jobs In the Greater Charlotte Area

The long-term most frequently listed positions are:

  1. Registered Nurses, including Nurse Practitioners
  2. Project Managers
  3. Truck Drivers with CDL
  4. Network and Systems Engineers
  5. Business Analysts
  6. Software Engineers
  7. Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineers
  8. Salespeople
  9. Sales Representatives
  10. Nursing Assistants
  11. Pharmacy Technicians
  12. Medical Assistants
  13. Speech-Language Pathologists
  14. Grocery Store Jobs
  15. Managers and Assistant Managers
  16. Financial Analysts
  17. Physical Therapists
  18. Occupational Therapists
  19. Restaurant and Food Service Managers and Assistants
  20. Restaurant and Food Service Team Members (Crew, frontline workers)

Job Market Is Increasing in the Research Triangle

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Charlotte at night.
Charlotte at night.

Best Charlotte Companies for Hiring

  1. IBM
  2. Carolinas HealthCare System
  3. Food Lion
  4. Bayada Nurses
  5. Novant Health
  6. Medical Connections, Inc
  7. Tenet Healthcare Corporation
  8. TEKsystems
  9. Noviant Health
  10. CDI Corporation
  11. Comsys
  12. Bank Of America
  13. Energy Placement
  14. Harris Teeter and Pizza Hut - Yum! Brands, Inc. (tied)
  15. Adecco and Slpjobs.com (tied)

Largest Companies

These companies maintain the largest employee groups in Charlotte:

  1. Bank of America Corp - also a top hiring company.
  2. International Paper Co
  3. Mid South Metal Buyers
  4. Wachovia Corp
  5. Duke Energy Corp
  6. Schneider National Inc
  7. Continental Tire North America

Projected High Growth Jobs to 2022

Entries in bold print are already in the top most-frequently listed (high demand) job openings in the Charlotte area.

  1. Customer Service Representatives (CSRs)
  2. Retail Sales People
  3. Combined Food Prep & Service Jobs - includes crew and managers
  4. Home Health Aides (HHAs) - and similar aide positions, personal/healthcare.
  5. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  6. Waitstaff
  7. Janitors and Cleaners
  8. Bookkeepers, Accountants, Auditors and related Clerks
  9. General Office Clerks
  10. Executive Secretaries & Administrative Assistants
  11. Landscapers, Groundskeepers and helpers
  12. Tellers
  13. Sales Representatives, in Wholesale and Manufacturing
  14. Construction Laborers and Supervisors and Carpenters
  15. Business Operations jobs

Higher Education

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.

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

© 2009 Patty Inglish MS

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I fins that in 2012, SimplyHired gathers more jobs together in one site than any of the other search engines. 15,000 applications sounds incredible and not too encouraging, so you have my best wishes. Networking may be able to at least gain you an interview - A direct referral from a job coach at a county employment office under the WIA may be one way in.

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      Efficient Admin 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I have recently started attending a job support group ran by HR professionals. They keep saying that, yes Charlotte is not as bad as some places but the competition for what jobs are available is so fierce that even Monster and CareerBuilder are useless now because HR people are getting overwhelmed by the amount of applications they get for every job opening. They say that networking is the way to go now. So for that 17,000 jobs available there may be 100,000 people applying.

      A brand new Walmart just opened up down the road from me. They had 700 positions they needed to fill and received 15,000 applications.

      This was a great and informative article. Thank you for sharing. Voted up, interesting.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      There are 17,000 jobs open in Charlotte and suburbs right now!

      Go to the county jobs offices and ask for help with jobs and training. There are 1000's of jobs in the Research Triangle that covers 8 counties as well.

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      sw charlotte 

      6 years ago

      sad to say it living in charlotte,nc has been hard to try to get a job anywhere at this moment

      sources

      Ive tried for like 6+ months

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      MarygrauSheila 

      8 years ago

      Wow. I enjoyed reading. Congratulations

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      dusanotes 

      8 years ago from Windermere, FL

      I have never been to North or South Carolina, two of the few states I've never been to. (perhaps the only such states) So it has been good for me to read these hubs of yours. They give everyone a little more insight on what is to be found in such places as Charlotte. Thanks for the Hub, Don White

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      That was interesting and i thank you for sharing.

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