Talent Demand Study predicts 26,000 new jobs in Charleston area

The Talent Demand Study recently published an update for Charleston, South Carolina, predicting that the area will generate 26,000 new jobs within the next five years.


The Talent Demand Study recently published an update for Charleston, South Carolina, predicting that the area will generate 26,000 new jobs within the next five years.

The update from the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce applies to over 400 community leaders, business members, and educators. The information was presented at the State of Education event on Aug. 9.

The study was first finished and released in 2014, demonstrating shortages in local talent in the region’s important fields. This means that the area is currently too dependent on recruiting workers from other states.

The areas expecting over 10 percent of growth are production, software and IT, marketing, mathematics, communications, engineering, medical, and business. The study also shows that the area is short of general assemblers by 838, accounting support by 345, and software developers by 278.

This update is part of the One Region Global Competitiveness Strategy, which shows that job growth will be an ongoing pattern for the area’s highest demand fields.

"The estimate of 26,000 new jobs is very conservative, as evidenced by the fact that in the last 12 months, 11,000 new jobs were created in our region," Mary Graham, Chief Advancement Officer for the Charleston Metro Chamber, said. "We need to make sure that our high schools are preparing our kids for the job opportunities here."

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