South Carolina Career Outlook and Fastest Growing Careers

South Carolina is steeped in history and economic opportunity. Commercial drivers, occupational therapy assistants, and statisticians top the list of the state's fastest-growing careers.


South Carolina was settled by the English in 1670 as a colony and thus has a deep history. In the middle of the 20th century, the state experienced industrial growth and its city center expanded. The coastline of South Carolina includes Myrtle Beach and has become a popular tourist destination. As of May 2017, the state had a reported average hourly wage of $20.31 for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The state also had a reported civilian labor force of approximately 2.3 million people and an unemployment rate of 4.2% as of April 2018.

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Fastest-Growing Careers

According to, these were projected to be the fastest-growing occupations between 2014-2024. These careers can expect 31%-43% growth over the decade.

  • Commercial Drivers
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Statisticians
  • Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Home Health Aides
  • Audiologists
  • Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Physical Therapist Assistants

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