In Charlotte, Industry Knowledge is as Important as Tech Skills
Although Charlotte is most commonly seen as a fintech center, the range of industries that have a technical presence here is surprisingly wide. Of the 45,000 people who work in “core technology” roles (according to the area’s chamber of commerce), only 10.7 percent work for financial firms. More tech pros—11.5 percent—are engaged in corporate headquarters roles, while 13.7 percent work for consulting firms; an additional 28.9 percent work for companies involved in software publishing, data processing, computer system design or similar services. According to Chuck McShane, director of business analytics & data for the Charlotte Chamber, the most in-demand tech jobs are business analyst, Java developer and software developer. Computer user support specialists are also high on this list. It’s also interesting to note which roles have the lowest unemployment rates. McShane said these include network architects (with an unemployment rate of 1 percent); software/application developers (with an unemployment rate of less than 2 percent); and system developers and information security analysts (also with an unemployment rate of less than 2 percent).