NC Commerce

Labor and Economic Analysis Division, Department of Commerce

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Star Jobs

North Carolina Star Jobs is a new and simplified way to help you identify promising occupations. Star ratings are assigned based on wages, projected growth rate, and projected job openings, and each occupation has a rating of between 1 and 5 stars. Occupations with 5 stars are considered to have much better career prospects than occupations with fewer stars.

2019 Star Jobs

We have developed the 2019 STATEWIDE Star Jobs based on the 2026 North Carolina Statewide Occupational Projections.  The 526 occupations were rated based on a slightly updated methodology.  We plan to publish our regional Star Jobs for the 16 Prosperity Zone Sub-Regions using data from the 2026 Sub-State Occupational Projections upon completion of these projections in early 2019. 

 Statewide Information


2017 Star Jobs

We will continue to publish the 2017 Star Jobs for the Prosperity Zone Sub-Regions on this website as well as our 2017 Statewide and Prosperity Zone Sub-Region Star Jobs in our searchable table on nccareers.org until early 2019.


Search Star Jobs

The Star Jobs page allows you to search more than 700 occupations in North Carolina by geography, wage, education, and career cluster. You can also sort data by clicking on the triangle icon on the column header (such as Stars or Title header). Detailed occupational information are available by clicking the green plus sign (“+”) next to the occupational title.


Statewide Brochure*


Prosperity Zone Sub-Region Brochures – Top 10 Star Jobs by Education


*Note: PDF brochures and posters are best viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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