Tobacco products (cigarettes, pipe and chewing tobacco) are North Carolina's leading products in the manufacturing industry. The state produces more tobacco products than any other state. Chemicals (Pharmaceuticals, cleaning products, synthetic fibers) are North Carolina's second most important manufactured products.

We then identified the occupations in North Carolina that are projected to have at least 1,000 workers in 2024 so that the jobs will still be relevant. This left us with data for 377 occupations in North Carolina. Next, we ranked every occupation based on job growth in 2019, from 1 to 377. North Carolina is home to a global economy driven by knowledge-based industries including biotechnology, energy, finance and information technology.