These Are The 10 Best Jobs In South Carolina For Recent College Grads

by Chris Kolmar
College Grad Jobs, Rankings - 4 years ago

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If you’ve just graduated from college, now’s about the time you’re probably wondering–what next?

For most of you, the answer will be simple: find a job. And for many of you, the answer will be: find any job. Because we’ve all heard the horror stories of graduating and the pickings being slim, we’ve decided to go ahead and save you some trouble.

After some research and number crunching, we’ve determined the 10 best jobs for recent college grads in South Carolina. Here they are:

  1. Industrial Engineers
  2. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  3. Management Analysts
  4. Computer Systems Analysts
  5. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  6. Paralegals and Legal Assistants
  7. Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
  8. Cost Estimators
  9. Web Developers
  10. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

We know what you’re thinking–industrial engineers? Really?

You’ll want to keep reading to find out just how we came up with this list and why each job made the cut. Yes, even process engineer.

How we determined the best entry level jobs in South Carolina

We’ve been talking to a lot of recent college graduates recently, so we have a pretty good sense of what they want in their first job. Their list normally goes in something like this order:

  1. ANY JOB!! (Availability of jobs)
  2. Location
  3. Pay
  4. Potential for growth
  5. Work life balance

Lucky for everyone, there’s data available from various sources for ech of the items on this list. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides data on pay by location, each state’s Department of Labor compiles job growth statistics, and ONet Online, another government source, has data on job requirements.

We combined data from each of these sources to produce a master database that contains information for every profession. Specifically, we looked at the following criteria:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Only for jobs in South Carolina that require a college degree.
  • Average annual entry level salary .
  • Projected growth as an industry over the next 10 years.

By limiting the dataset to only those jobs that require a bachelors degree, we were left with 24 jobs to rank.

We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 24 with 1 being the best.

Next, we took the average of each job’s rankings to create a “Job Score”.

Finally, we ranked every job’s “Job Score” from 1 to 24 with 1, again, being the best.

One Job Please

Just graduating from college can be a scary time–but don’t forget, it’s also exciting. You have so many options, so many jobs to pick (or not pick! Go travel!), and so many choices! The world is your oyster, and with this list, so is the job market.

Below is a more detailed look at the best jobs for recent college graduates in the Palmetto State.

Detailed List Of The Best Entry Level Jobs In South Carolina For Recent College Grads

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Industrial Engineers 10.85% $51,530 7,150
2 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 13.08% $27,760 2,940
3 Management Analysts 13.39% $37,270 11,600
4 Computer Systems Analysts 23.36% $41,780 7,500
5 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 11.89% $41,360 4,610
6 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 8.61% $27,100 5,800
7 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 6.53% $33,230 2,610
8 Cost Estimators 11.07% $31,430 2,910
9 Web Developers 26.92% $32,120 1,320
10 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 14.44% $21,800 2,140
11 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 18.33% $18,440 4,260
12 Database Administrators 11.5% $36,220 1,260
13 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 6.6% $26,700 21,490
14 Computer Network Support Specialists 9.95% $35,120 2,320
15 Computer Programmers -4.27% $38,770 3,810
16 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 2.29% $62,760 1,340
17 Insurance Sales Agents 9.52% $20,330 6,440
18 Human Resources Specialists 6.89% $31,220 6,520
19 Social and Human Service Assistants 6.15% $18,560 6,390
20 Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 10.0% $20,800 1,210
21 Coaches and Scouts 6.33% $17,370 4,030
22 Recreation Workers 8.48% $16,370 6,140
23 Advertising Sales Agents -1.8% $20,650 1,640
24 Rehabilitation Counselors 4.44% $20,760 1,880
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