Charleston expected to gain 35,000 jobs in the next five years

The 2018 study indicates that 80 percent of the predicted job growth from 2017 to 2022 covers 10 specific occupations.   File image

The 2018 update to the Talent Demand Study recently released by the Charleston Metro Chamber in partnership with the Charleston Regional Development Alliance forecasts an augmentation of almost 35,000 jobs to the Charleston Metro area in the next five years.

That projection is 32 percent higher than that of the 2016 study’s five-year job growth prediction.

The 2018 study indicates that 80 percent of the predicted job growth from 2017 to 2022 covers 10 specific occupations (listed from the lowest to highest job growth forecast):

1.  Education

2.  Construction

3.  Business Management

4.  Logistics

5.  Personal Services

6.  Software & IT

7.  Business Operations Support

8.  Medical 

9.  Hospitality

10. Production & Mechanical

“Charleston’s regional economy is strong, healthy, diverse and growing,” Mike Graney, CRDA vice president of Global Business Development, said. "Our region is responsible for 21 percent of all jobs created in the state from 2013-17. While we reap the benefits of new business development and talent attraction, expanding the pipeline of locally produced talent is critical for our long-term economic well-being."

Graney said aligning curriculum and student enrollment at local schools with the needs of innovative, technology-driven companies is the key to sustaining strong economic performance.

"Our transition to a STEM-based economy over the past decade has resulted in many employers finding it difficult to fill positions in our top-growth sectors,” Tina Wirth, Charleston Metro Chamber senior vice president of talent advancement, said. “Local school districts, colleges and universities, and local training programs are ramping up training resources, but talent demand is currently outpacing supply in some cases – leaving our region to depend on recruiting workers from outside our region.”

Visit to learn more about the 2018 Talent Demand Study Update.

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