As the nation's second largest banking center, Charlotte USA has developed a talented workforce whose breadth and depth of knowledge in financial services, insurance and IT security is unmatched. More than 11,000 residents are registered with the National Association of Securities Dealers' broker dealer list. More than 25,000 residents are employed in the information technology sector, many associated directly with banking, financial security and data center operations. Uptown Charlotte represents a vibrant community for young adults and recent graduates of top schools, making recruiting and retaining top talent easy for competitive employers eager to hire the best and the brightest. Latest data shows 35% of Charlotte's central business district residents are estimated to be between the ages 18 and 34.
More than 11,000 residents are registered with either Series 27, 53, 6, 62, 63, 65, 66, or 7 licenses, and nearly 9,000 workers are registered with the National Association of Securities Dealers.
- 90 percent hold Series 63 license
- 71 percent hold Series 7 license
- 44 percent hold Series 6 license
- 23 percent hold Series 65 license
Educational attainment levels held by residents of the city of Charlotte is competitive with larger cities also known for their robust financial services sector: 40% of Charlotte's residents hold bachelor's degrees, versus 33% in New York City and 50% in San Francisco.
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the largest university in the Charlotte region, is home to the Belk College of Business, which currently has more than 2,500 undergraduate students, 500 graduate students, and 84 full-time faculty. To date, Belk College of Business has graduated more than 16,000 students with degrees in accounting, business information systems, economics, finance, management and marketing. Recently, the campus moved to the central business district and operates in the heart of the corporate community.
- BS Programs – Accounting, Economics, Business Administration
- Masters Programs – MBA, Accounting, Economics, Mathematical Finance
- Internships – Both graduate and undergraduate programs offer internship opportunities with members of the business community. The university career center is also used by students or potential employers to bring together employers and candidates.
Queens University’s McColl School of Business, named after Bank of America’s former CEO Hugh McColl, offers a robust MBA program, both for full-time students and an executive program for those with full-time careers.
- Concentrations available in Finance and Marketing
- Extensive connections to Charlotte business community – Leaders In Action series visits by leading executives
- Internship program with students placed at companies such as Bank of America, Reebok, The Wall Street Journal, International Monetary Fund and Lance Foods
Wake Forest University Babcock Graduate School of Management ranked among the top business schools in the world in each of the five major business school rankings – The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Financial Times, U.S. New and World Report.
- Two-year evening/weekend MBA program offered in Charlotte for working professionals
Central Piedmont Community College, a 70,000 student multi-campus organization, includes a Financial Services Institute to train students for careers in the financial services, insurance and securities industries.
- Training for mortgage banking, insurance, real estate and appraisal industries
- Certified Bank Teller Institute and Notary Public Training available as well