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by Jason Parker, WRAL TechWire, and Matt Talhelm, WRAL News — May 2, 2022 .
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – The nation’s gross domestic product fell into negative territory for the first three months of 2022, the stock market had another bad week, and talk is growing about a possible recession. But one might never know that based on the ongoing hiring boom across the Research Triangle region.
Of the major jobs boards tracked by WRAL TechWire for its weekly exclusive Jobs Report, all report more openings now than when the year began. Here’s a breakdown:
And that demand for talent may not subside any time soon. Technology jobs are booming in the state – from software developers and cybersecurity analysts to the IT workers who keep our computers running.
Brooks Raiford, president and CEO of the NC Technology Association, says economic worries aren’t a drag on hiring plans.
In a new survey, the overwhelming majority of companies, 94.3%, said their organizations still planned to hire additional staff in the coming months. But there are some concerns about the current state of the labor market, with 57% of respondents citing talent supply and more than half reporting concerns about workers choosing to retire as a part of the so-called “Great Resignation.”
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As Raiford noted, talent already is proving hard to find with a record of nearly 50,000 open tech sector jobs across the state. according to NC TECH’s most recent IT jobs report.
Parul Patel is one of those back in school and seeking a tech career after years as a stay-at-home mom.
“This is something I’ve wanted to do for awhile, and this is the right time for me now,” she said. 
She’s one final exam away from graduating with a degree in cybersecurity from Wake Tech.
“The more I started taking classes, the more my passion grew and I just love it,” she said.
Raiford says the technology we’ve come to rely on during the pandemic is driving the surge in job openings.
“Those will continue to power, I think, many organizations, so the demand for talent will continue to be there,” he said. 
The Triangle’s built-in talent pool from colleges and universities is attractive to tech companies.
But there’s still a shortage, so that sometimes presents a challenge in filling roles. It also presents upward pressure on wages – which is great for employees, but maybe not so great for employers. 
Lauren Bamford, who connects employers with Wake Tech students looking for work, says the most in-demand jobs are in civil engineering, nursing and all types of tech.
“The market is looking great. If you are looking to get hired in tech, you certainly have a good shot,” she said.
That is promising for Patel as she gets ready to rejoin the workforce.
“The opportunities are out there, so I’m sure the right opportunity will come when it’s time,” she said.
In additional to tech savvy, employers are looking for “soft skills” and a willingness to learn, Bamford said. 
“One of the most important qualities to have right now is to show you’re trainable. They don’t expect you to have all the answers right away. They really want to see that you enjoy learning, that you like to learn, that you’re really interested in this technical field.”
WRAL TechWire’s latest weekly count of local positions on national job boards reveals a modest decline from previous weeks’ totals. But employers are still posting thousands of new jobs every week—even more than they remove, as previously posted positions are filled or no longer listed for whatever reason.
For example: Indeed.com shows 2,159 fewer total jobs in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Johnston County than it did seven days ago. However, employers still posted 6,198 new openings in those areas over the last seven days.
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Similarly, LinkedIn shows 868 fewer positions in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill compared to last Sunday’s totals, even though over 13,000 new jobs were added in the last seven days. (See the full breakdown below.)
Today’s Jobs Report has a strong emphasis on tech talent, consistent with demand across North Carolina. Tech-specific positions abound at many of the Triangle’s leading employers, from banks to healthcare and insurance providers to biotech firms and startups.
WRAL TechWire’s weekly Jobs Report compiles the latest information from the region’s top job boards, offering a breakdown of how many jobs are posted, which companies are hiring, and what positions are most in-demand. We’ve also included upcoming job fairs, student-centric resources, and a list of Twitter accounts that track local job openings.
Below, we’ll review what’s new since last week’s Jobs Report.
Every Sunday, we track the total number of Triangle-area positions posted on major job websites, then we compare it to the previous week’s count. Here’s a look at the totals as of Sunday evening.
Aside from the boards above, job seekers can also find local startup jobs at SimplyHired (242 startup jobs near Research Triangle Park), LinkedIn (11,864 results in and around Raleigh), Indeed (311 startup jobs in/near RTP) and AngelList (job openings in Raleigh, Durham and across North Carolina).
Here’s a look at local and regional job sites, listed in alphabetical order:
AMA Triangle, the fifth-largest chapter in American Marketing Association’s nationwide network, aims to be a go-to resource for all things marketing in the Triangle. The organization provides professional training, free career webinars and a job board offering free resume placement for marketing professionals.
As of Sunday evening, AMA Triangle’s job board shows 93 marketing jobs in Raleigh, 43 in Durham and 29 in Chapel Hill (using the 25-mile radius filter). Six local jobs were added to the site over the last week:
Durham-based startup hub American Underground regularly posts job openings on its job board. Job seekers can filter their search by company, location and job function.
As of Sunday evening, the site shows 276 jobs at 54 companies. Nearly two dozen job openings were posted in the last week:
Last year, WRAL TechWire and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center launched a Bio Jobs Hub platform focused on biopharma manufacturing — one of North Carolina’s largest industries, employing over 26,000 people.
Typical biopharma jobs include process technicians, maintenance and/or instrumentation technicians, quality assurance and quality control associates, process development scientists and process engineers. This industry also offers competitive entry-level salaries, from $42,000 to $60,000.
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Scientists, skilled laborers and recent graduates can use the Bio Jobs Hub resource to find career and training opportunities in their area. Users can search by location, job category/activity and region.
Many biopharma companies are hiring in the Triangle, including large employers like Biogen in Research Triangle Park, bioMérieux in Durham, GSK in Zebulon, Merck & Co. in Durham, Novo Nordisk in Durham and Clayton, Pfizer in Sanford, and others.
Leadership Triangle’s job board is packed with local jobs. The site displays 1,505 openings at 30 companies as of Sunday evening.
Here’s what’s been posted in the last week:
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s extensive jobs board lists open jobs and internships from local life science companies and research organizations. Users can filter by job category, employment type (full-time, part-time and contractor), keywords, postal code and radius. NCBiotech also touts jobs through its Bio Jobs Hub program.
Here is what’s new over the last week:
Note: This list does not include openings posted by recruiting/staffing firms.
The North Carolina Technology Association (NC TECH) has an interactive job board that you can use to find your next career opportunity. Users can search by keyword, location, category, type (full-time or part-time) and experience level.
No new positions were added to the site last week, so here’s a recap of the previous week’s openings:
NCWorks, the statewide job search portal run by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, has nearly 100 career centers located across the state. Users can filter NCWorks’ database by keyword, location, occupation group or specific occupations, minimum acceptable salary, education level, job sources and date posted.
North Carolina military veterans, transitioning service members and spouses can find additional resources on NCWorks’ separate veterans portal.
About 1,150 resumes were updated on the site in the past week, as of Sunday evening. NCWorks reports thousands of available positions across the Triangle area.
In Wake County, the top employers with the most job openings on NCWorks are*:
Here are the top companies/organizations by job openings in Durham County:
The top employers in Johnston County are:
And here are the top employers in Orange County:
*Note: This data was gathered through NCWorks’ Labor Market Information portal, which aggregates public job listings. NC Commerce confirmed with TechWire that this search pathway has a thorough process to remove duplicate job listings. Check employers’ websites directly for the latest information.
Raleigh Founded, a startup incubator and coworking space, has its own job board. Job seekers can filter results by company, company size or industry.
The site currently lists 174 positions at 30 companies as of Sunday evening. Eleven new jobs were posted over the last week:
This isn’t a job board per se, but the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster’s list of job search sources is a helpful resource for job seekers in the clean energy sector. The list has links to career opportunities from the organization’s members and partners.
Leadership Triangle, Raleigh Founded and American Underground teamed up to create the Triangle Region Job Board, which synthesizes all of the openings posted on the organizations’ job boards. (Those openings are listed under their respective subheadings above.)
As of Sunday evening, the site shows 3,133 jobs at 100 companies. The latest Triangle-area openings (excluding remote jobs) come from the following employers:
Work in the Triangle, a Wake County Economic Development program, regularly shares new openings through its Twitter feed, @WorkTriangleNC. The program recently launched a job board on its website, with 11,212 active openings as of Sunday evening. Of those, 9,041 are technology jobs, 1,246 are advanced manufacturing positions, 318 are in cleantech and 607 are in life sciences.
Every Tuesday, Work in the Triangle’s #TriangleTuesdays hashtag lists hot jobs in the area. Here’s a recap of last week’s openings (from April 26):
Scroll through the #TriangleTuesdays hashtag on Twitter for more details on the openings.
Job openings abound at the Triangle’s leading technology employers. Here’s how many are available as of Sunday evening:
Below is a list of employer-submitted job openings. If you’d like to submit your job openings for this segment, reach out to us here.
Communications software firm Bandwidth currently has 87 open positions at its Raleigh headquarters. Openings span software development, sales, IT, business analytics, finance, marketing, network engineering, operations and more. See the full list of openings here.
Rho, a contract research organization in Research Triangle Park, is hiring for several positions:
Chapel Hill-based edtech company Terra Dotta plans to boost its headcount by 25% in 2022. Its current job openings include:
Here’s our latest roundup of upcoming job fairs and other resources to help people looking for employment:
Hospitality Hiring Hour (Recurring Event): Every Tuesday, 4-5 p.m. @Washington Duke Inn
Durham’s Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club, JB Duke Hotel and The Lodge at Duke Medical Center are on the hunt for top talent in the hospitality industry. Job seekers can attend this weekly event series every Tuesday through May 31 to meet with managers/staff to ask questions and learn about the available job opportunities.
2022 NC State Alumni Career Fair: May 10, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. @Reynolds Coliseum
The Alumni Career Fair is a recruiting event for recent and experienced alumni at NC State and surrounding institutions. More than 80 employers have signed up to attend as of May 1.
Raleigh Job Fair: May 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. @DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh
This three-hour job fair will facilitate interactions between local employers and job seekers across a range of sectors, from banking to consumer products to telecommunications and beyond.
Virtual Tech Job Expo 101: How Does It Work?

Virtual Tech Job Expo 101: How Does It Work?: May 25, 10-10:45 a.m. (online)
Ahead of NC TECH’s Summer Virtual Tech Job Expo on June 8, employers and job seekers are invited to receive a tour of the Premier Virtual event platform and learn how to submit job openings, resumes and more information, and communicate with candidates/employers.
NC TECH’s Virtual Job Expo

NC TECH’s Virtual Job Expo: June 8, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (online)
NC TECH’s Job Expo allows job seekers and employers to connect live via chat and video. Employers will host virtual booths describing employee benefits/perks, job vacancies and more. While the event mainly focuses on candidates seeking tech-related jobs/careers and internships, many employers have openings in non-technical roles such as sales/marketing, finance and customer support.
If you’re a student looking for an internship or entry-level position at a local company or organization, your university has resources to help you get started. Quick links below:
For Johnston County job seekers: The newly launched JoCo Careers website helps job seekers find companies hiring in Johnston County. (More TechWire coverage here.)
Here are some locally run Twitter accounts that regularly share job openings in the Triangle:
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