What kind of jobs are there in Columbia, SC?

Columbia has experienced steady job growth over the past few years accompanied by the steady decrease in joblessness.

Some of the area's top industries include information technology and manufacturing, with organizations like IT-oLogy and Westinghouse Electric employing a large number of residents. Careers in information technology revolve around the insurance industry, and the University of South Carolina offers research opportunities, one of which is the interdisciplinary Innovista Program that focuses primarily on the development of alternative green energy.

There are also lots of opportunities in the health care and education fields thanks to USC and the Medical University of South Carolina, as well as Palmetto Health.

Job Market Index

Index Score: 6.4 /10

How we calculate this.

Columbia has a comparable job market to similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary



Unemployment Rate 2018

of people are without a job

0.4% lower than national average

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.