The beautiful mountainous and coastal state of North Carolina boasts scenic and culturally rich college towns as well as large metropolitan areas. The entire state is home to more than 8.8 million people. Just over 22% of the population has a bachelor’s degree or higher, which is slightly below the national average of just over 24%. Still, a bachelor’s degree or a higher graduate degree can increase your marketability and salary potential, and enrolling in a top online college or university in North Carolina can make you eligible for a promising career. To find the right online education program or college for you, visit the website for the College Foundation of North Carolina. The website has information for adult learners and transfer students, as well as searchable college directories, and financial aid information. The Online Education Database also features a list of online schools and programs in North Carolina.
Once you have settled on a particular school and program, figuring out a way to pay for school may be your next big obstacle. Luckily, North Carolina makes it very easy for North Carolina students to find information about financial aid. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, or NCSEAA, posts links to information about scholarships and grants, savings programs, loans, and even helpful financial calculators. This website has links to all of the scholarships available in the state of North Carolina. For more help with your financial aid research, visit the Financial Aid Administrator page from the College Foundation of North Carolina. There you’ll find links to grant applications and other resources.
The unemployment rate in North Carolina is above average, at 6.9% versus the national unemployment rate of 6.1%. Compared regionally, however, North Carolina has a lower unemployment rate than its neighbor, South Carolina. Cities like Raleigh are good for job candidates who want a lot of choice in starting a new career, while cities like Charlotte and Chapel Hill can be great areas for those wanting to start a career in higher education, finance and technology. Over a quarter of a million North Carolina residents work in education and training, earning a mean salary of $38,370. There is also a healthy computer and technology industry, health care industry and business industry, plus all those employed in office and administration positions. The best jobs in these fields require higher degrees and also pay higher salaries.