The third-largest city in North Carolina, Greensboro has its roots in Quakerism and the textile industry. At its founding, the town was named “Greensborough” after prominent Quaker Nathaniel Greene. Quakers from all over arrived, boosting the population and textile giants set up mills in the area, kicking off a period of industrialization. In 1808 Greensboro was made the County Seat of Guilford County, cementing its influential role in central North Carolina.
Today, Greensboro remains an important industrial center for textiles and other industries but it has also become a hub of academia and innovation. Greensboro is home to the largest historically black university in the U.S. – North Carolina A&T. UNC Greensboro, Strayer University, Guilford College, and Bennett College are also part of Greensboro’s academic community.
Apart from textiles and academia, the major industries of Greensboro are Aerospace, Furniture Design, Innovative Manufacturing, Business Logistics, Life Sciences and Art/Design. Graduates from coding and tech bootcamps can support these industries as automation specialists, data scientists, CNC machinists, systems analysts, network and systems administrators, project managers, and research associates.
Major employers in the area are VF Corporation (parent company of Vans, The Northface, and JanSport), Qorvo technology, Moses Cone Hospital, International Textile Group, and HAECO Americas (an aerospace firm).
However, Greensboro’s economy is not dominated only by major corporations. Thanks to its thriving academia and accelerator organizations like Triad Startup Lab, LaunchLAB and The Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship, Greensboro is a hotspot for innovation and startups. A few startups that have launched from Greensboro are Guerilla RF (an engineer of high-performance wireless network components), RainbowMe Kids (a confidence-building kids entertainment company), and Syngenta (an innovator in sustainable agriculture).
Jobs that are especially popular in Greensboro include Computer Systems Analysts, Logisticians, Computer Support Specialists, Data Entry Keyers, Medical Records Specialists, and Graphic Designers. The unemployment rate in Greensboro is below the national average and employment has increased by 6.9% from 12 months prior. These indicators make it a reliable place to find work, particularly for job-seekers with marketable coding and tech skills.
|Computer Systems Analyst||$94,650|
|Computer Support Specialist||$50,940|
|Data Entry Keyer||$33,320|
|Medical Records Specialist||$38,890|