Highly Educated. Highly Skilled. Highly Motivated.

The Triangle Region is a hub for exceptional talent due to the region’s academic institutions.

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Home to three tier 1 research universities –  North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Duke University in Durham and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – the Triangle was ranked by Forbes as the second most educated city in the country. These universities help attract nearly $3 billion in federal R&D funding each year and have spun off hundreds of start-up companies.

The region attracts and retains talented professionals because of its affordability and short commute times compared to similar innovation-rich competitor cities. We are also home to an eclectic mix of people from everywhere—and that means everyone is welcome here.

There are a total of 12 colleges and universities and 8 community colleges in the Triangle Region. The academic institutions work closely with local economic developers and businesses to ensure course offerings align with industry needs and prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. Our highly educated workforce is one of many reasons so many businesses come to the Triangle Region.

12 Colleges and Universities

UNC Chapel-Hill
Orange & Durham Counties

Barton College
Wilson County

Campbell University
Harnett & Wake Counties

Duke University
Durham County

Louisburg College
Franklin County

Meredith College
Wake County

North Carolina Central University
Durham County

North Carolina State University
Wake County

North Carolina Wesleyan College
Nash County

Shaw University
Wake County

St. Augustine’s University
Wake County

William Peace University
Wake County

8 Community Colleges

Central Carolina Community College
Chatham & Lee Counties

Durham Technical Community College
Durham County

Johnston Community College
Johnston County

Piedmont Community College
Person County

Wake Tech Community College
Wake County

Wilson Community College
Wilson County

Vance-Granville Community College
Franklin, Granville & Warren Counties

Nash Community College
Nash County

Highly Skilled Talent

47% of the region's population has a bachelor’s degree or higher.
176,000 students study here in the Triangle region.
42,000 students receive a bachelor’s degree each year.
The Triangle has the 4th highest concentration of PhDs in the country.

Strong Military Presence

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North Carolina is home to about 23,000 transitioning veterans each year providing another huge employment pool for companies. Many Triangle Region companies recruit veterans including Novo Nordisk in Johnston County whose workforce is made up of 20% veterans.

Recent Talent News

How to land a biopharma job: Check out this virtual symposium on Jan. 28

January 13, 2021
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Even amidst a pandemic, North Carolina’s biopharma market is booming. In just the last few months, companies like KBI Biopharma and Thermo Fisher Scientific announced expansion projects, bringing more than a thousand new jobs to the state. Could one of those be for you? The Bioprocess Development Group (BPD) thinks so. On […]

NCSU, UNC researchers use nanotech to tackle tough blood clots

January 8, 2021
RALEIGH – Engineering researchers have developed a new technique for eliminating particularly tough blood clots, using engineered nanodroplets and an ultrasound “drill” to break up the clots from the inside out. The technique has not yet gone through clinical testing. In vitro testing has shown promising results. Specifically, the new approach is designed to treat retracted […]

North Carolina is a leader in life sciences – here’s why

December 31, 2020
Life-changing medicines. Household products. 66,000 jobs. How did life sciences become such a giant in the North Carolina economy? When biotech’s first product, insulin, was produced, state leaders took note of this new technology. Though it wasn’t produced in North Carolina, leaders saw a path forward for the state as traditional strengths of tobacco, furniture, […]