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Careers with Most Openings
These are the occupations that were expected to have the most annual job openings for the 10-year period of 2016 to 2026 (for states) or 2019 to 2029 (for the United States overall). Please note that these projections do not account for the impacts of the current pandemic. Many occupations are likely to have very different numbers of job openings due to the rapidly changing economy. When revised data are available, they will be published here.
We found 642 occupations with openings in South Carolina.
Rank Occupation
2016
Employment
Projected Annual Job Openings Earnings Typical Education
1
Cashiers
64,990
12,700
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
2
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
52,590
12,540
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
3
Retail salespersons
70,980
11,470
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
4
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand
51,440
8,860
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
5
Waiters and waitresses
37,310
8,350
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
6
Customer service representatives
48,950
6,990
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
7
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners
32,410
5,080
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
8
Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive
42,190
4,200
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
9
Cooks, restaurant
21,990
3,970
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
10
Maids and housekeeping cleaners
26,200
3,940
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
11
Stock clerks and order fillers
27,220
3,940
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
12
Office clerks, general
31,380
3,800
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
13
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
29,310
3,710
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
14
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
29,430
3,560
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
15
Personal care aides
16,850
3,440
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
16
General and operations managers
34,240
3,410
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
17
Maintenance and repair workers, general
27,980
3,250
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
18
Registered nurses
42,550
3,130
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
19
First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers
16,890
2,950
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
20
Nursing assistants
21,450
2,900
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
21
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
27,330
2,870
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
22
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers
19,000
2,750
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
23
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks
23,530
2,660
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearSome college, no degree
24
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products
21,690
2,600
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
25
Construction laborers
20,980
2,540
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
26
Childcare workers
16,180
2,500
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
27
Security guards
15,270
2,310
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
28
Cooks, fast food
14,240
2,120
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
29
Food preparation workers
10,690
2,100
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
30
Home health aides
10,410
1,910
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
31
Light truck or delivery services drivers
14,920
1,890
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
32
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse
14,400
1,850
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
33
Receptionists and information clerks
12,500
1,850
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
34
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop
6,930
1,840
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
35
Accountants and auditors
16,920
1,780
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
36
Teacher assistants
15,210
1,750
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearSome college, no degree
37
Elementary school teachers, except special education
20,910
1,720
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
38
Amusement and recreation attendants
6,690
1,650
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
39
Bartenders
8,640
1,590
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
40
Packers and packagers, hand
8,570
1,440
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
41
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
13,090
1,430
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
42
Medical assistants
9,370
1,430
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
43
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers
11,870
1,380
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
44
Carpenters
12,960
1,340
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
45
Machinists
11,040
1,330
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
46
Cooks, institution and cafeteria
8,310
1,300
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
47
Automotive service technicians and mechanics
12,210
1,280
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
48
Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
25,500
1,280
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
49
Helpers--production workers
6,630
1,270
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
50
Recreation workers
7,090
1,260
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent