Do you need to start a career? What is the secret to getting the training employers want? The latest research shows there are several positions waiting for qualified applicants in South Carolina.

What do many of these in-demand jobs have in common? They are innovative fields with interesting and challenging careers and require only a two-year associate degree or certification—available right in your neighborhood at York Technical College.

Take your pick from opportunities in growing fields where a bachelor’s degree isn’t a requirement. You can avoid feeling trapped by student loan debt with an affordable technical college education. Don’t forget to fill out the FAFSA to get all the financial assistance you need.

By enrolling in specialty programs, you finish with highly sought-after skills and credentials. Think about your natural interests and abilities and choose from many of the growing career fields in South Carolina. 

York Technical College has a 97% job placement rate of graduates working in their field, ranking the College first among the state’s 16 technical colleges.

Rise of the machines 

Are you a techie? Do you like to work with your hands and problem-solve? Does the complexity of machinery fascinate you? If so, consider a career in the Industrial Manufacturing field. Due to the highly automated nature of manufacturing today, there is an extremely high skills gap in the industry; technicians and engineers are in high demand.

Two of the hottest job markets today involve industrial maintenance and mechatronics technicians.  While it may sound old school, manufacturing careers have come a long way technologically. Mechatronics combines skills in mechanics, pneumatics, programming, and robotics and systems development. Mechatronics technicians design, build, maintain and repair automated equipment, and program equipment control systems.

Median hourly wage in South Carolina
Computer Engineering Technician: $42.07
Electronics Engineering Technician: $28.27
Engineering Graphics Technician: $32.76
Industrial Maintenance Technician: $25.90
Mechanical Engineering Technician: $26.22
Mechatronics Technician: $26.22 

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2018

A healing profession

Are you a “people person” with a big heart? Perhaps a career in nursing or other allied health field may be right for you. York Technical College offers a range of opportunities to enter into health and allied health professions to include: nursing, patient care, medical assisting, surgical technology, and more.

You also can become certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).  EMTs have the emergency skills to assess patients and manage respiratory, cardiac, trauma and other crises. You can start with your EMT basic and move into additional certification as a paramedic, a highly skilled and knowledgeable health care professional who can stabilize or revive patients while being transported to a hospital.

Not only are these jobs available now, employment projections for the healing professions continue to increase as baby boomers age over the next decade.

Median hourly wage in South Carolina
Clinical Laboratory Technologist: $22.70
Dental Hygienist: $28.96
Emergency Medical Technician: $16.09
Radiologic Technologist: $25.54
Registered Nurse: $30.25
Surgical Technologist: $18.65

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2018

Jobs of the Future

Do you thrive on problems of logic? Love to code? The world is increasingly interconnected with new technologies, devices, networks and systems creating great convenience—and lots of new jobs. These high-tech jobs are not just for those with advanced degrees; York Tech can set you on the pathway to an IT job in business, education, or government.

The more information produced and made available on the internet, the more complicated it becomes to process. “Big data” is more than just the data itself. It is a field of computing that involves new methods of capturing, selecting and analyzing all that information.

You may have heard of “wearable technologies” and the “internet of things.” Computer technology is being woven into every aspect of our lives.  With that, comes the need for more internet and network security.  Cybersecurity is one of the hottest jobs with a wide range of applications. Information security jobs are projected to grow by 40 % or more over the next 10 years.

Median hourly wage in South Carolina
Security Analyst: $33.92
Software Applications Developer: $41.91
Web Developer: $36.05

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2018

Solid Career in Construction 

Construction is a lot more than hammers and nails. It is a field where creativity, communication and problem-solving skills are in high demand. A carpenter may enter the field toting a toolbox and advance into an administrative role overseeing projects and working with architects, estimators, lawyers, and customers.

With an education of two years or less, followed by an apprenticeship on the job, the most in demand jobs include carpenters, electricians and project managers.

Other high-demand areas of specialization include electrical and plumbing. Virtually every modern building has electrical power, communications systems, plumbing, and gas pipelines. The installation and maintenance of these systems require skilled technicians.

Median hourly wage in South Carolina
Carpenters: $18.95
Construction Laborers and Helpers: $15.23
Construction Managers: $42.59
Mason: $17.72

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2018

We’re here to help you on your new career path. For more information on how  York Technical College can help you succeed in a career of your choice, call us at 877-783-1198.