Strong Pipeline for Aerospace Labor
In today’s global economy, people are the most important asset to any company and North Carolina gives them what they need to flourish.
Our skilled workforce with highly specialized pools of talent is already here to give your company a competitive advantage. Our workers are dependable, hardworking and more than that, they are happy. That’s because they have a diverse selection of career opportunities, specialized educational support and an array of activities for an active after-hours lifestyle catering to their interests. It makes sense that North Carolina’s workforce is successful and productive. In fact, North Carolina workers are 36% more productive than the average U.S. worker.
And productive, happy workers create better businesses. They, along with a vast infrastructure and a collaborative, business-friendly environment, ensure that businesses here have what they need to make things happen. Universities, community colleges and other training programs coupled with a growing population provide a workforce with the skills that are in demand globally.
We already have a highly skilled workforce
The state’s manufacturing tradition fits well with the aerospace and aviation industry and North Carolina ranks first in the Southeast U.S. and ninth nationally in total manufacturing employment. More than 180 aerospace and aviation companies employing more than 9,500 skilled workers are located here. In addition, more than 26,000 people are employed in engineering fields in North Carolina and the number is projected to grow 12.78 percent over the next five years. In fact, every year North Carolina institutions graduate almost 3,400 in engineering fields. We also have over 10,000 highly trained individuals available to join North Carolina’s labor force annually as they complete their military service. Our five military installations continually train people in fields such as aviation and avionics; communications; electronics; engineering; heavy and specialized equipment operation; information technology; and transportation and logistics.