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High Demand Careers In Our Area
Local Employers Need Graduates From These Four Programs!

Where did we get our information from?

The data presented come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) which conducts the semiannual Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. The OES survey is a cooperative effort between BLS and the State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). BLS funds the survey and provides the procedures and technical support, while the State Workforce Agencies collect most of the data.

For more details about how wage information is collected and calculated by the U.S. Department of Labor, visit their website.

Additional information about career opportunities and outlooks were provided by the College Foundation of North Carolina. You can learn more by visiting their website.

What criteria did we consider?

  • Living wage available in our area
  • Meet the needs of local industry
  • Highly-qualified, experienced instructors
  • Scholarships available
  • Apprenticeships and internship potential

Information Technology

The Information Technology (IT) curriculum prepares graduates for employment in the technology sector as designers, testers, support technicians, system administrators, developers, or programmers.

They use computer software and/or hardware to design, process, implement and manage information systems in specialties such as database services, security, business intelligence, healthcare informatics and others depending on the technical path selected within this curriculum.

Fast Facts

  • There are an estimated 13,000 IT jobs in NC, with a heavier concentration on Cyber Security.
  • In NC the annual job growth rate for Web Developers with a 2-year Associate Degree is 34% (27% above average).
  • The average salary for our region in web developing is $66,950 annually (national average is $79,700).
  • In NC the annual growth rate for a career in Cyber Security is 28%, with 1269 estimated annual jobs.

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Because of the partnership between Wilkes Communications and WCC, I know what I can expect from a WCC graduate.  When I see a candidate, who has a degree in Networking or Computer Programming from WCC, I know they have the skills and training to succeed in our IT workforce.

Jim Martin, Information Technology & Security Manager, Wilkes Communications | RiverStreet Networks

I was a first-generation college student, so growing up I didn’t have a lot of support when it comes to college information. My advisor helped me find a program and career that would work best for me. While at WCC, I was able to get my programming and networking degrees at the same time and then transfer my credits to ECU where I completed my bachelor degree while working full time. In the IT field, you have many career options. Even though you might be located in the WCC service area, you could still work for several national companies remotely. You can move your career around and still be viable as an employee in the IT field. You really can’t go wrong with IT!

Michael Wingler, Vice President of Information Technology/CIO, Wilkes Community College
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Emergency Medical Science

The need for paramedics in North Carolina and the nation is great, and the demand continues to grow. The goal of the Emergency Medical Science (EMS) program is to prepare graduates to enter the workforce as competent, qualified paramedics after earning an Associate in Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Science. Students completing the program will be eligible to take the N.C. paramedic credentialing examination. Program can be completed in a two-year sequence option for students without paramedic credential but there are also bridging option for those with a current N.C. or NREMT paramedic credential.

Employment opportunities include ambulance services, fire and rescue agencies, air medical services, medical clinics, laboratories, specialty areas of hospitals, industry, educational institutions, and governments.

There are two options for earning the Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Science:

  • Students who have not already earned a Paramedic credential should enroll in the AAS (2-year) program.
  • Students who hold a current NC or NREMT Paramedic Credential should enroll in the Bridging Option.

Fast Facts

  • By July 1, 2023, NC will require graduation from an associate degree program to become a credentialed paramedic.
  • Graduates of an associate degree program, such as WCC’s, often have a higher starting salary.
  • NC Employment and Outlook show and 18% job growth over the next several years. With an estimated 3,550 job openings in the field of EMS.

Companies Commonly Hiring in our Service Area


The A.A.S. in Emergency Medical Science program at Wilkes Community College plays a vital role in the sustainability and delivery of prehospital care in this region. Wilkes EMS is glad to be a part of the program as students grow and develop into graduates and professionals. Many WCC students have been recruited not only here in Wilkes but in other cities, counties, and diverse healthcare settings.

Timothy Pennington, Director, Wilkes County EMS
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Applied Engineering Technology

The WCC Applied Engineering Technology curriculum prepares individuals to become engineering technicians who work in product design, research and development, manufacturing, and service related jobs. Students will become familiar with the advanced technologies that are essential for businesses who wish to become or remain competitive in a global economy.

Students may explore development of 3D CAD models, reverse engineering, rapid prototyping, composite materials, robotics, automated manufacturing and CAM/CNC. Emphasis is given to hands-on experience using cutting-edge technology and equipment.

Fast Facts

  • The average state salary is $49,170 to $63,750. With work experience and additional education, individuals may advance in this profession.
  • Sample occupations include Engineering Technician, Maintenance Technician, Robotics Technician, CAD/CAM Technician, Tool Designer, and CNC Programmer.

Companies Commonly Hiring in our Service Area


I have always loved being in school and learning. What I found at WCC was the term ‘applied technologies’ is literal in every sense. The courses are designed to directly apply to industry, especially industry in the surrounding area. After graduating from WCC, I had the qualifications and the training to go into the workforce as an industrial engineer. A lot of high school students aren’t aware that community college is a great way to prepare for an engineering or technology career. In many instances it is a faster and less expensive pathway to earning a living and doing something you love.

Daniel Hayes, 2017 WCC Graduate, Industrial Engineer with Craftmasters Furniture, Inc.
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Building Construction Technology

The Building Construction Technology curriculum prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to residential and commercial building construction and remodeling. The program includes instruction in construction equipment and safety; site preparation and layout; construction estimating; print reading; building codes; framing; masonry; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning; electrical and mechanical systems; interior and exterior finishing; and plumbing.

Fast Facts

  • The average state salary is $49,990 to $58,580. With work experience and additional education, individuals may advance in this profession.
  • In NC the annual job growth for this field is 13% (6% above average).
  • There are an estimated 3073 annual job openings in construction management in NC.


When I graduated from Building Construction Technology at WCC I was prepared to take the NC General Contractors licensure exam. I am now a Licensed General Contractor and own my own business. Thank you WCC for effectively preparing me for my future in construction!

Dylan Bauguess, 2018 WCC Graduate
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