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Fastest-Growing Careers
These are the occupations that were expected to have the largest rate of growth from 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 projections due to the rapidly changing economy. When revised data are available, they will be published here.
We found 570 growing occupations in South Carolina.
Rank Occupation Employment Percent Change Earnings Typical Education
2016 2026
1
Home health aides
10,410
15,250
47%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
2
Physician assistants
1,260
1,770
41%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
3
Nurse practitioners
1,960
2,720
39%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
4
Personal care aides
16,850
23,220
38%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
5
Statisticians
410
570
38%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
6
Operations research analysts
930
1,280
37%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
7
Rail-track laying and maintenance equipment operators
130
170
34%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
8
Software developers, applications
3,710
4,960
34%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
9
Physical therapist aides
660
860
32%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
10
Medical assistants
9,370
12,260
31%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
11
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
52,590
68,390
30%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
12
Hearing aid specialists
60
70
30%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
13
Physical therapist assistants
1,160
1,500
30%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
14
Respiratory therapists
1,730
2,250
30%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
15
Marriage and family therapists
90
120
29%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
16
Massage therapists
1,860
2,410
29%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
17
Physical therapists
2,890
3,710
29%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
18
Health specialties teachers, postsecondary
3,070
3,920
28%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
19
Athletic trainers
330
410
27%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
20
Bicycle repairers
90
110
27%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
21
Computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic
330
420
27%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
22
Machine feeders and offbearers
2,230
2,830
27%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
23
Occupational therapists
1,380
1,740
27%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
24
Diagnostic medical sonographers
720
910
26%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
25
Health technologists and technicians, all other
810
1,020
26%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award