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Upstate South Carolina’s industry excellence is rooted in innovation, and our employers are looking for the best and brightest to help bring new ideas to life. With expertise in manufacturing, banking, pharmaceuticals and more, our diversity of industry means diversity of job opportunities. Plus, 505 international companies call Upstate SC home, so you’ll find a wide range of work that spans the globe.

Manufacturing and Engineering, Greenville, SC
Manufacturing and Engineering, Greenwood, SC

Manufacturing + Engineering

Manufacturers in Upstate South Carolina craft products that keep the world moving—whether it’s planes, automobiles, bicycles or kayaks. Our region’s manufacturing roots run deep, but our companies look to the future with research and development to create cutting-edge products. In fact, Upstate SC is home to major R&D centers for Michelin, Milliken, Hubbell, TTI, AVX, FUJI, and GE. Browse our major employers to see where your skills and interests might be a fit.

Manufacturing + Engineering

Fast Facts

#2

BEST LOCATION TO WORK IN MANUFACTURING 2017

(Greenville-Anderson-Maulin)
IndustryWeek

UPSTATE SC IS HOME TO THE 2nd HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERS IN THE COUNTRY

SPARTANBURG MSA RANKS #8 NATIONWIDE FOR INDUSTRIAL ROBOTS PER EMPLOYEE

GREENVILLE MSA RANKS #8 NATIONWIDE FOR INDUSTRIAL ROBOTS PER EMPLOYEE AMONG THE 100 LARGEST MSAs

17.71%

OF UPSTATE SC’S TALENT POOL WORKS IN MANUFACTURING

Manufacturing NAICS 31-33

$72,448

AVERAGE EARNINGS PER JOB IN UPSTATE SC FOR MANUFACTURING

Manufacturing NAICS 31-33

The national median salary for Industrial Production Managers is $100,589, while you'll earn $113,603 here.

The national median salary for First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers is $58,885, while you'll earn $62,898 here.

Two Woman in Business Meeting, South Carolina

Financial Services

From major banks to tax advisors, Upstate South Carolina is home to a range of companies with available financial services jobs. Beyond these finance-centric organizations, the region is home to the headquarters of major companies, which means in-house jobs ranging from junior accountant to CFO.

Financial Services

Major Employers

Fast Facts

MAJOR OPERATIONS OF NATIONAL FIRMS INCLUDING BB&T AND TD BANK ARE BASED IN UPSTATE SC

16,960+

IN UPSTATE SC WORK IN FINANCIAL SERVICES

Finance and Insurance, NAICS 52

$79,329

AVERAGE SALARY IN UPSTATE SC FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES

Finance and Insurance, NAICS 52
Man Wearing White Hard Hat, South Carolina

Construction + Architecture + Engineering

Upstate South Carolina’s growing economy is built by the construction and architecture industry – literally. Whether it’s major industrial facilities, infrastructure projects, commercial, medical or new residential spaces, Upstate firms are leading projects across the globe with talented teams of engineers, project managers, designers and more. Browse our major employers and career types to find your role in this growing field.

Construction + Architecture + Engineering

Career Types

Fast Facts

34,763

IN UPSTATE SC WORK IN CONSTRUCTION, ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING

NAICS 23, 5413, and 54141

$74,649

AVERAGE EARNINGS PER JOB IN UPSTATE SC FOR CONSTRUCTION, ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING

NAICS 23, 5413, and 54141

The national median salary for Architects is $78,458, while you'll earn $91,119 here.

ICT, Greenwood, SC

Information + Communications Tech

IT jobs and communications technology careers abound in Upstate South Carolina, home to major headquarters operations of Charter Communications, Verizon Wireless and more. Plus, unique resources for entrepreneurs like NEXT, a Greenville-based incubator, makes Upstate SC a great place to start a business or get in on the ground floor of a growing tech startup. Find your next tech job in Upstate SC today.

Information + Communications Tech

Fast Facts

Greenville: One of America’s Most Digitally Inclusive Tech Cities 2018

Brookings

10,547

IN UPSTATE SC WORK IN IT

$78,737

AVERAGE SALARY IN UPSTATE SC FOR IT JOBS

NAICS 51 and 5415
Clemson Life Science and Healthcare, Pickens, SC

Life Sciences + Healthcare

Whether you want to work in medical device manufacturing or as a registered nurse, there’s a job for you in life sciences in Upstate South Carolina. Our region is home to groundbreaking R&D centers and top biotech and pharmaceutical companies, plus some of the best healthcare systems in South Carolina. Browse our major employers below.

Life Sciences + Healthcare

Major Employers

Fast Facts

47,988

UPSTATE SC RESIDENTS ARE EMPLOYED IN HEALTH CARE AND LIFE SCIENCES

NAICS 621-623, 3254 and 3391

$66,823

AVERAGE SALARY IN UPSTATE SC FOR HEALTH CARE AND LIFE SCIENCE JOBS

NAICS 621-623, 3254 and 3391

The national median salary for Healthcare Social Workers is $54,870, while you'll earn $55,795 here.

The national median salary for Dentists is $151,445, while you'll earn $192,821 here.

The national median salary for Optometrists is $110,302, while you'll earn $115,989 here.

The national median salary for Pharmacists is $124,176, while you'll earn $128,597 here.

The national median salary for Family and General Practitioners is $198,744, while you'll earn $223,456 here.

The national median salary for Internists is $192,920, while you'll earn $207,726 here.

The national median salary for Physical Therapists is $86,861, while you'll earn $87,120 here.

The national median salary for Nurse Anesthetists is $165,110, while you'll earn $179,493 here.

The national median salary for Occupational Therapy Assistants is $59,301, while you'll earn $64,014 here.

USC Greenville Medical School Classroom

Education

Home to a highly ranked consolidated public school system, plus a range of top-notch private education options, and 30 colleges and universities, Upstate South Carolina is a great place to work as an educator. Among Niche.com’s 2019 Best School Districts in South Carolina, 14 of the top 25 are in Upstate SC. Browse our local education jobs boards and employer websites to discover a range of open teaching positions.

Creative Services, South Carolina

Creative Services

From copywriter to graphic designer to account director, creative services job in Upstate South Carolina span a range of industries and experience levels. The presence of major headquarters operations and universities in the region means opportunities with in-house national and global marketing teams, in addition to jobs at small and mid-sized creative agencies. Search for job opportunities in your chosen creative field below.

Creative Services

Major Employers

Career Types

Fast Facts

1,115

UPSTATE SC RESIDENTS ARE EMPLOYED IN CREATIVE SERVICES

QCEW for Advertising, Public Relations and Related Services

164

CREATIVE SERVICES BUSINESS LOCATIONS IN UPSTATE SC

QCEW for Advertising, Public Relations and Related Services

CREATIVE SERVICES IN UPSTATE SC GREW 10% OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS, BEATING THE NATIONAL GROWTH RATE OF 9.3%

The national median salary for Web Developers is $67,995, while you'll earn $71,119 here.

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