Preparing for a Career

We're here to help you prepare for a career. We have collected information on key industries and high-wage, in-demand occupations in the region. These resources provide you with important information on potential careers, wages, job openings, job growth and education/training requirements.

An NCWorks Career Advisor will be available to assist you in talking through options most suitable for you based upon your interests, prior work experiences, and education.

Industry Profiles

We have identified six industries that are in-demand and offer great wages and the opportunity for you to move up in your career. Click on each thumbnail below to learn more about each industry sector and the different careers you may pursue.

Education and Wage Information

Education and Wage Information

Education and Wage Information

Education and Wage Information

Education and Wage Information

Education and Wage Information

Occupational Profiles

You can find out the answers to your questions by going on a tour of the job site (if available), talking to people who are in the field, finding work experience or job shadow opportunities or by checking out blogs, podcasts and social media. You can also check out all of the videos that Career One Stop has posted on their website by clicking here.

The NC Career Clusters Guide is also a great tool to help you learn more about different industry sectors and occupations.

What's Next?

No matter your answers, we can help! Contact your local NCWorks Career Center and speak with a career advisor who can assist you with the next steps to getting the career of your dreams.

Here are some additional resources that will help you in this process. 

Additional Resources


Traitify is a quick (90 seconds) and easy work-based career assessment that is designed to identify specific aspects of how you work, the type of jobs you will enjoy and other aspects of the workplace.

NCcareers: Dream It. Plan It. Be It. has undergone a complete transformation! It is a one-stop shop for all of your career pathways needs. You can use the interest profilers to find out which careers may suit you best, explore occupationsplan your career, find out about education and training opportunities, and find jobs that match your preferences. You can also use the Reality Check feature to figure out how much money you will need to make to support your chosen lifestyle. 

O*NET Online

O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!

My Next Move

With My Next Move, you can find your perfect job match by searching for jobs in three different ways!

mySkills myFuture

With mySkills myFuture, you can find a new job by searching the job you currently have. This tool will find different occupations that require the skills set you already have.

National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

The NCRC is a nationally recognized certificate that allows you to show prospective employers that you possess the skills common in today's workplace. Contact your local community college or NCWorks Career Center for more information on obtaining your NCRC. If you would like to practice for the NCRC and take a pre-assessment, the ECWDB provides self-paced, web-based courseware from Worldwide Interactive Network (WIN). To sign up, contact your local NCWorks Career Center.