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Top Jobs in Gastonia and Charlotte, N.C.

The Charlotte, N.C., metro area typically has strong growth in the fields of health care, business, finance and personal services, according to state and federal data. In Charlotte and its surrounding cities of Gastonia, N.C., and Rock Hill, S.C., there are more than 875,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 65, according to the 2010 Census.

But despite being one of the country's smaller metropolitan regions, Charlotte has major industries in banking and health care, with companies like Carolinas Healthcare System and Wells Fargo Company employing between 20,000 and 33,000 in the metro area, according to the city's chamber of commerce. Other major employers in this region of North Carolina include Bank of America, Novant Health and Duke Energy, according to the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

The fastest-growing careers in the Charlotte, N.C., metro area are in the fields of health care, finance, business and science, according to data from the state's Department of Commerce and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Personal Financial Advisors

Interpreters and Translators

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

Marketing Specialists

Typical Entry-Level Education

Associate's degree

Bachelor's degree

Bachelor's degree

Associate 's degree

Bachelor's degree

Mean annual salary metro area (May 2013)

$63,170

$107,070

$38,460

$29,980

$68,620

Mean annual salary statewide (May 2013)

$63,260

$107,580

N/A

$29,680

$67,050

Projected growth metro area through 2020

36.8%

38.5%

50%

50%

41.3%

Projected growth statewide through 2020

37.4%

32.8%

40.3%

40.5%

39.3%

Employment per 1,000 jobs
(May 2013)

0.312

2.719

0.345

0.798

4.224

Personal financial advisors do very well in the metro area as well as statewide, bringing in over $100,000 per year with a bachelor's degree, according to the commerce department. But what makes these career options stand out is their growth potential. They are all projected to grow by more than 35 percent through 2020, which is well above the national average for all occupations, which the BLS pins at 11 percent.

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These jobs were designated “top” based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the North Carolina Department of Commerce, which called out that they were among the fastest-growing jobs relevant at both the regional metro and state levels.

Sources:

Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013,
http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_16740.htm

"Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition," Bureau of Labor Statistics, Jan. 8, 2014,
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/

"270 Fortune 500 Companies Represented in Charlotte," Charlotte Chamber of Commerce,
http://charlottechamber.com/business-profile/270-fortune-500-companies-represented-in-charlotte/

"Major Employers in the Charlotte Metro Region," Charlotte Chamber of Commerce,
http://charlottechamber.com/business-profile/largest-employers/

Charlotte Works Workforce Development Board Occupational Projections 2010-2020, North Carolina Department of Commerce,
http://www.nccommerce.com/lead/data-tools/projections/occupational-projections/charlotte-works

Statewide Occupational Projections 2010-2020, North Carolina Department of Commerce,
http://www.nccommerce.com/lead/data-tools/projections/occupational-projections