As of 2015, the most in-demand jobs in Asheville, North Carolina, are in the health care, education, tourism and self-employment industries, according to AshevilleNow.com. Some of the largest employers in the metropolitan area include Buncombe County Schools, Mission Health System and Hospital, the City of Asheville, the Biltmore Company and the Eaton Corporation-Electrical Division.
While Asheville has a number of major employers, finding sustainable employment in this Blue Ridge Mountain city of 87,000 isn't always easy. The cost of living is higher than in any city in North or South Carolina, and outside of health care and education jobs, many positions are seasonal, low-paying jobs connected to the tourism and hospitality industries. A number of Asheville area residents and newcomers turn to self-employment as a way to make a living. Some of the more popular self-employment jobs are in real estate, healing arts and consulting.
Since the Asheville employment market focuses on a few industries, jobseekers need to be realistic about opportunities. Applicants with training in specific areas of health care and education find more jobs from which to choose. Those with other types of training and skills often have to settle for lower-wage, service industry jobs or try to make it as entrepreneurs. Many area residents consider the low wages a small price to pay for the lifestyle the city offers. Since there are often more qualified applicants than new jobs in Asheville, being proactive, networking and taking stock of skills and abilities is essential for finding satisfactory employment.