The Columbia, SC metropolitan statistical area (MSA) had a civilian employment of approximately 379,770 as of May 2018 according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics survey (excluding self-employed and household workers). The greater Columbia, SC labor market experienced employment growth of about 8.96% (348,550 to 379,770) in the 10-year period from 2008 to 2018 which is slightly higher than the 7.06% national employment growth during the same period. The 2018 labor market estimate of 379,770 for the Columbia, SC MSA is comprised of the following: 17,030 (4.48%) in management occupations; 18,020 (4.74%) in business and financial operations occupations; 10,980 (2.89%) in computer and mathematical occupations; 5,300 (1.40%) in architecture and engineering occupations; 2,010 (0.53%) in life, physical and social science occupations; 6,890 (1.81%) in community and social service occupations; 4,230 (1.11%) in legal occupations; 21,250 (5.60%) in education, training and library occupations; 3,780 (1.00%) in arts, design, entertainment, sports and media occupations; 23,200 (6.11%) in healthcare practitioners and technical occupations; 9,880 (2.60%) in healthcare support occupations; 13,330 (3.51%) in protective service occupations; 33,990 (8.95%) in food preparation and serving related occupations; 10,010 (2.64%) in building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations; 11,230 (2.96%) in personal care and service occupations; 40,530 (10.67%) in sales and related occupations; 63,060 (16.60%) in office and administrative support occupations; 760 (0.20%) in farming, fishing and forestry occupations; 14,850 (3.91%) in construction and extraction occupations; 17,370 (4.57%) in installation, maintenance and repair occupations; 24,490 (6.45%) in production occupations; 27,590 (7.26%) in transportation and material moving occupations.
Major employers in the Columbia, SC metropolitan area include the following: State of South Carolina (25,500+ employees); Prisma Health (15,000+ employees); BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina (6,550+ employees); University of South Carolina (5,650+ employees); United States Department of the Army (5,250+ employees); Richland School District 1 (4,250+ employees); Richland School District 2 (3,650+ employees); Richland County (2,350+ employees); City of Columbia (2,300+ employees); AT&T South Carolina (2,100+ employees); First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company (1,750+ employees); Providence Hospital (1,600+ employees); Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center (1,500+ employees); Wells Fargo Customer Connection (1,400+ employees); Verizon Wireless (1,250+ employees); Air National Guard (1,200+ employees); Westinghouse Electric Co. (1,150+ employees); Colonial Life & Accidental Insurance Company, Inc. (1,100+ employees); Trane (900+ employees); Midlands Technical College Foundation (900+ employees).
Whether serving as your vocational rehabilitation counselor, consultant or expert witness, Dr. Hankins will make use of his specialized knowledge of the greater Columbia, SC labor market to ensure that his professional opinions about individuals’ employment and earning potential are based on accurate, reliable information. In a clinical context, this maximizes the likelihood of helping clients to identify appropriate vocational goals and developing a rehabilitation plan that will allow them to achieve their employment aspirations. In a forensic context, this enables Dr. Hankins to conduct thorough, independent vocational and rehabilitation economic evaluations that culminate in the attainment of defensible conclusions about the degree of vocational disability and/or economic loss attributable to the injury or incident of interest in a case. Please contact Hankins & Hankins Vocational Consulting today to learn how we can be of help!