Information Technology Schools and Programs in South Carolina

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 Did you know there are 46 higher education schools in South Carolina? 

If you’re getting ready to pursue a new IT career, you might be thinking about earning an information technology degree. South Carolina is home base for plenty of colleges and universities that may be worth considering. Plus, this state employs IT professionals like computer programmers, computer systems analysts, computer user support specialists, and network and computer systems administrators. As a matter of fact, about 6,470 South Carolina residents work in the role of computer user support specialist.[i] Lets start with some general education information about colleges in South Carolina:

  • South Carolina is home to 75 degree-granting institutions: 46 four-year schools and 29 two-year schools.
  • 147,642 female students attend college in South Carolina; the national average is 228,592.
  • South Carolina has about 99,025 male college students, compared to the national average of 171,951.
  • South Carolina awarded a total of 45,692 degrees/certificates.

Information Technology Careers in South Carolina

South Carolina is home to lots of exciting industries and organizations. 360,397 firms are headquartered in this state, including software and IT companies.[iii]  If you’re on track to jumpstart a new IT career, South Carolina might be a good place for you. But be sure to read job listings carefully, since similar IT careers can have completely different titles. You may also find that IT roles overlap or require some of the same skill sets, so your education and background could qualify you for more than one type of career path. Here are a few roles to consider.

Computer Systems Analyst[iv]

Sample of reported job titles: Applications Analyst, Business Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, Computer Analyst, Computer Systems Analyst, Computer Systems Consultant, Information Systems Analyst (ISA), Programmer Analyst, Systems Analyst, Systems Engineer[v]

  • Computer systems analysts employed in South Carolina in 2014: 5,650
  • For every 1,000 people employed in South Carolina, 3.01 are computer systems analysts.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $39,990
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $104,230
  • From 2012 to 2022, South Carolina is projected to add about 1,444 new computer systems analyst positions for a total of 6,631 jobs

Computer systems analyst specialist salary information for specific metro areas of South Carolina*

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Anderson, SC$47,820$68,510$95,630
Charleston / North Charleston / Summerville, SC$36,930$68,350$104,220
Columbia, SC$40,410$64,460$99,290
Florence, SC$42,600$66,600$101,040
Greenville / Mauldin / Easley, SC$36,890$72,150$106,180
Myrtle Beach / North Myrtle Beach / Conway, SC$28,130$47,220$84,070
Spartanburg, SC$52,160$72,020$107,120
Sumter, SC$38,990$68,050$114,910

 

Network and Computer Systems Administrator [vii]

Sample of reported job titles: Information Technology Director (IT Director), Information Technology Manager (IT Manager), Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist), Local Area Network Administrator (LAN Administrator), Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Network Manager, Network Specialist, Systems Administrator, Systems Engineer[viii]

  • Network and computer systems administrators employed in South Carolina in 2014: 4,010
  • For every 1,000 people employed in South Carolina, 2.14 are network and computer systems administrators.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $40,370
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $104,310
  • From 2012 to 2022, the number of network and computer systems administrator roles in South Carolina is expected grow by about 451 for a projected total of 3,690

Network and computer systems administrator specialist salary information for specific metro areas of South Carolina*

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Anderson, SC$47,530$64,750$79,000
Charleston / North Charleston / Summerville, SC$46,740$74,430$115,520
Columbia, SC$44,110$70,010$114,050
Florence, SC$40,410$64,110$129,330
Greenville / Mauldin / Easley, SC$40,110$60,020$88,300
Myrtle Beach / North Myrtle Beach / Conway, SC$36,190$58,210$77,650
Spartanburg, SC$33,580$46,680$92,780
Sumter, SC$34,420$63,280$91,590

 

Computer Programmer [ix]

Sample of reported job titles: Analyst Programmer, Applications Developer, Computer Programmer, Computer Programmer Analyst, Internet Programmer, Java Developer, Programmer, Programmer Analyst, Software Developer, Web Programmer[x]

  • Computer programmers employed in South Carolina in 2014: 3,530
  • For every 1,000 people employed in South Carolina, 1.88 are computer programmers.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $38,680
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $108,990
  • From 2012 to 2022, computer programmer jobs may increase by 192 jobs in South Carolina, resulting in around 4,012 total jobs

Computer programmer specialist salary information for specific metro areas of South Carolina*

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Anderson, SC$40,910$70,720$97,450
Charleston / North Charleston / Summerville, SC$45,680$72,460$104,560
Columbia, SC$40,260$68,830$105,620
Florence, SC$34,650$52,270$121,170
Greenville / Mauldin / Easley, SC$46,720$70,000$123,270
Myrtle Beach / North Myrtle Beach / Conway, SC$27,900$62,700$81,490
Spartanburg, SC$51,570$81,600$116,920
Sumter, SC$33,540$46,750$77,700

 

Computer User Support Specialist[xi]

Sample of reported job titles: Computer Specialist, Computer Support Specialist, Computer Technician, Electronic Data Processing Auditor (EDP Auditor), Help Desk Analyst, Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist), Network Support Specialist, Network Technician, Support Specialist, Technical Support Specialist[xii]

  • Computer user support specialists employed in South Carolina in 2014: 6,470
  • For every 1,000 people employed in South Carolina, 3.45 are computer user support specialists.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $24,000
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $67,140
  • From 2012 to 2022, computer user support specialist careers in South Carolina are projected to grow by 1,199 for a total of 6,806 roles

Computer user support specialist salary information for specific metro areas of South Carolina*

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Anderson, SC$21,070$31,950$60,290
Charleston / North Charleston / Summerville, SC$31,580$45,410$71,850
Columbia, SC$23,950$44,800$70,110
Florence, SC$25,160$41,680$61,490
Greenville / Mauldin / Easley, SC$25,050$41,380$65,970
Myrtle Beach / North Myrtle Beach / Conway, SC$24,900$34,360$46,340
Spartanburg, SC$23,120$42,370$62,050
Sumter, SC$22,870$37,140$72,560

 

Software and IT Services Companies in South Carolina**

Getting ready to pursue an IT career at one of South Carolina’s firms? You might be interested in checking out Inc.’s fastest-growing private companies in South Carolina on the 2014 Inc. 5000 List. In addition to fast-growing businesses in other industries, four software companies and 12 IT services companies made the cut. We’ve profiled a handful of these technology companies below. [xiii]

  • #700 SPARC – This Charleston, South Carolina software company was founded in 2008 and has seen an impressive 646% growth over the past three years. SPARC specializes in custom software development for the government and the commercial sector. They also offer big data services, mobile app development, and more![xiv]
  • #1349 Omatic Software – Based in North Charleston, SC, this software company has a particularly worthy goal: to help nonprofits improve their fundraising and database management efforts. Omatic Software offers a variety of software tools and services for importing records, analyzing data, managing fundraising events, and much more. They have been in business since 2002.[xv]
  • #3912 Website Pipeline – This long-standing software company is based in Greenville, SC and has been providing custom software solutions since 1999. Website Pipeline creates, hosts, and supports cloud-based front office software, designed to work with clients’ existing inventory and financial software tools.[xvi]
  • #803 Blue Acorn – Headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, this IT services company specializes in developing e-commerce sites for a variety of exciting industries. But Blue Acorn isn’t just any web development company. They use data and market intelligence to drive the e-commerce results customers are looking for.[xvii]
  • #1010 Unitrends – This Columbia, South Carolina IT services company provides software for data backup and disaster recovery. Unitrends offers a variety of products and solutions to enterprises looking for data protection, data management, and more. Though they have been in business since 1989, they experienced a remarkable 441% growth over the past three years![xviii]

*Salary Data **This listing is for informational purposes only and does not represent that jobs are available or will be available at these companies

[i] bls.gov/oes/current/oes_sc.htm#15-0000 |  | [ii] nces.ed.gov/programs/stateprofiles/sresult.asp?mode=full&displaycat=4&s1=45 | [iii] quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/45000.html | [iv] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151121.htm | [v] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1121.00 | [vi] jobs.scworks.org/vosnet/drills/occupation/occdrill.aspx?enc=Wqwcn/beEuF8a+g/Kcmk7bBSpgk/XLl083rxc6sXiWiUJqhTmGCXOta8mNZ4JHBZKdOW+mjY6EhNcWFzx0PHII0M3BpHIf0iEXLFFmoKfLwnnH9xMSurQYj+i2tdJ+ZP | [vii] .bls.gov/oes/current/oes151142.htm | [viii] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1142.00 | [ix] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151131.htm | [x] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1131.00 | [xi] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151151.htm | [xii] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1151.00 | [xiii] inc.com/inc5000/list/2014/ | [xiv] sparcedge.com/ | [xv] omaticsoftware.com/ | [xvi] websitepipeline.com/solutions.asp | [xvii] blueacorn.com/about-us/ | [xviii] inc.com/profile/unitrends

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