Most Competitive Jobs in North Carolina as Economy Looks to Reopen

Chef Michael Noll preparing a dish at Charlotte’s famed Bardo

A new study shows that in North Carolina the No. 1 most common and competitive job is food prep and serving workers accounting for 1,401 jobs per 100,000 people in the state.

As we attempt to climb out of the economic crisis, and businesses reopen, the competition for jobs will be unprecedented considering 11 million unemployed Americans vying for positions.

CareerCloud today released a study, The Most Competitive Jobs in North Carolina, using the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Census Bureau.

Key findings from the study:

  •  5 Most Competitive Jobs in America: Food preparation and serving (1,401 per 100,000 people), Retail salesperson (1,379), Cashiers (1,115), Office Clerks (965), Registered Nurses (935).
  • 5 Fastest Growing Jobs Through 2028: Solar installers jobs expected to increase by 45% by 2028; wind turbine technicians by 39%, home health aides (21%), person care aides (21%) and occupational therapists by 18%.
3 Easy Ways to Stand Out to Employers During COVID-19:
  • Update Resume to Beat the Bots: Nearly 100% of Fortune 500 companies use a digital ATS platform to weed out resumes before a human sees them. To beat the bots, add keywords from the job description into your resume. Create multiple resumes for specific jobs. Use resume writing services optimize your chances of landing a job quickly.
  • Appearance Matters, Up Your Zoom Game: Choose a clean background in your home for zoom interviews and make sure you dressed and groomed for success as if it was an in-person interview.
  • Be Flexible and Focus on Transferrable Skills: As the economy rebounds, your old job may be gone, or you may choose an industry with less competition. Be sure to highlight your transferrable skills– such as office management or mentoring of new hires.