Live, work, and play in Beaufort County, NC

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Living here in Beaufort County

Step onto horseshoe-shaped Pamlico River basin, drop your suitcase or backpack, and drink in the green paradise of Beaufort County. It’s a magical mix of arts and culture, lush forests, pristine coastal waters and endless outdoor possibilities.


Business & Career Growth

Beaufort County is a key location where manufacturing, agriculture, business, and medical fields are key to our local economy. A place with unlimited growth potential where you can thrive both personally and professionally.


Events and Activities

Beaufort County is a pleasure for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and beach combers with main streets that bustles past artists’ studios, marinas, shops, and theaters. Come visit today to experience all its hidden gems and notable stops!


We Are Beaufort County

Beaufort County has it all! It is a great place to live, work, and play. We are here to help you explore our region’s resources, opportunities, and recreation. We have a diverse group of programs to help you learn more and get involved with our community. The county features a rich, historic past, booming agricultural and industry sectors, and amazing places to relax along the Pamlico River waterfront. Whether you’ve lived here your entire life, or have just moved to the area, our community values each and every resident. Beaufort County is a place with unlimited growth potential, where you can thrive personally and professionally.

Business Growth & Development

Beaufort County has a dedicated team of professionals in key business roles to assist in new development — from start-ups or relocations, to expansions and specializations. These resources are available to help you through the logistics of your industry, making your goals a reality! 

Career Opportunities

Whether you’re starting a new career, seeking advancement in your current industry, or transitioning to a new stage in life, Beaufort County has opportunities for personal growth through different post-secondary education and training programs. 

Success Stories

their People in all stages of life are all choosing Beaufort County to develop their careers, advance their education, and improve their quality of life. New businesses care emerging and expanding to our region to maximize product and service growth. 
Here are some examples: 

Scott Carpenter

iDX Corporation selected Beaufort County for a key manufacturing hub, allowing them to serve retail locations up and down the east coast.

Pete Caldwell

Looking to grow his emerging boat-building business, Pete Caldwell chose Beaufort County to develop a new facility and hire skilled workers.

Bryon Lyons

A native of Beaufort County, Bryon Lyons started his custom construction business right here, taking advantage of the resources and connections necessary for sustained growth.

Christian Robinson
BCCC Welding Student

Beaufort County Community College is a key educational resource for our region, providing advanced degree and specialized training opportunities in a wide range of industries. 

Fletcher Umfleet

Many businesses in Beaufort County provide training opportunities for career growth and advancement. Iconic Marine Group is a perfect example of how a career can develop.  

Community Leaders of Beaufort County, NC

“Beaufort County is uniquely positioned to support a wide range of business growth and career development. Our region has been steadily growing thanks to a high quality of life and affordable costs of living — and  our economic resources and infrastructure allow our economy to grow and thrive!

Catherine Glover

Executive Director, Washington-Beaufort Chamber of Commerce

“Beaufort County and Washington is really emerging as a destination for new businesses and growing industries. Our proximity to the Pamlico River, Airport (OCW), major highways and cities… along with a strong workforce with lots of educational opportunities and support has created an ideal economic environment.”

Paula Stephenson

Director, Washington Tourism Development Authority

 “Over the past few years, we have seen tremendous growth and development in our area, from a wide range of industries. Boat building, agriculture, manufacturing, hospitality, tourism and much more. Beaufort County has been the state’s best kept secret, and there is still a great deal of potential here.”

Brad Hufford

Director, Beaufort County Economic Development

 Career Pathways

Key industries in Beaufort County include Welding & Fabrication, Boat Building, Woodworking, and Plastics. Companies specializing in these areas rely on a diverse range of staff, from entry-level positions to experienced managers, advanced engineers and skilled workers. 

Welding & Fabrication

Simply put, welding joins together two pieces of metal, glass or thermoplastics with similar melting points and compositions using fusion. Fabrication is the evolutionary process of creating a metal product, from layout and design to formation and finishing. However, in this ever-evolving industry, it’s likely that many welders can fabricate, and its more likely that fabricators can weld.


For more information, click on the button below to view the latest career opportunities and corresponding pay rates in the Welding and Fabrication industry. 

Boat Building

Boat building is the design and construction of boats and their systems. This includes at a minimum the hull, with propulsion, mechanical, navigation, safety and other systems as a craft requires. Boat constructors build, restore and repair recreational and commercial boats and ships. They are also sometimes known as shipwrights or boat builders. 


For more information, click on the button below to view the latest career opportunities and corresponding pay rates in the Boat Building industry. 


Woodworking includes cabinet making (cabinetry and furniture), wood carving, joinery, carpentry and woodturning. Cabinet makers design and build custom cabinets to specifications provided by builders and architects. They also create free-standing cabinets by cutting, shaping and assembling finished wood. They study and read blueprints, match grains and color, use power tools, and install hinges and pulls.  


For more information, click on the button below to view the latest career opportunities and corresponding pay rates in the Woodworking industry.  


Plastics & Injection Molding

Injection molding is a manufacturing process for producing parts by injecting molten material into a mold. Injection molding can be performed with a host of materials mainly including metals, glasses, elastomers, confections, and most commonly thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers. Materials for the part is fed into a heated barrel, mixed, and injected into a mold cavity, where it cools and hardens. 


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If you are interested in relocating or expanding your business, or an individual seeking new career opportunities in Beaufort County, NC, please contact us with any questions you may have. We’ll be happy to provide additional informatoin and resources, and connect you with the right contacts for your industry.

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