A Formidable Workforce in Horry County

South Carolina’s workforce is touted as one of the most productive in the country and that translates to both Horry County and Myrtle Beach. Our workers are highly-skilled, reliable, and experienced in a variety of fields, and area colleges and universities ensure there is a steady stream of educated graduates ready to work. South Carolina also boasts the nation’s lowest unionization rate, and Horry County’s specifically is among the lowest in the state.

Horry County Workforce by the Numbers  

  • Labor pool – 149,017
  • Employed – 142,900
  • Unemployment rate – 4.7%
  • Union membership – 1.4%
  • Average annual salary – $34,027


Higher Education Institutions 

Coastal Carolina University and Horry Georgetown Technical College educate thousands every year and prepare graduates to enter the workforce.

  • Over the past 10 years, enrollment at Coastal Carolina University has grown; in Fall 2018 there were 10,641 enrollments. The university has a $566 million economic impact on the South Carolina and Grand Strand economies.
  • Founded in 1966, Horry Georgetown Technical College offers 80 degree, diploma, and certificate programs. Each year, the institution sees more than 9,300 enrollments, and boasts a 95% job placement rate.
  • Other educational institutions in Horry County include the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, Miller Motte Technical College, and Webster University.

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Workforce Development Programs  

Horry County and Myrtle Beach offer a plethora of workforce development and training programs that assist companies in hiring and retaining the most qualified talent in the region.

  • ReadySC™ – For more than 50 years, ReadySC™ has worked with the South Carolina Technical College System to provide well-trained employees to qualifying companies that invest in South Carolina. A comprehensive and customized process, ReadySC™ includes recruiting, screening and training, tailoring guidelines, and curriculum to fit a company’s needs.
  • Horry Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) – Horry Georgetown Technical College is a leader in custom training and development programs, offering advanced training options in manufacturing, engineering, machine operations, CNC, welding and more. HGTC leaders work closely with local economic development officials and companies to grow, train, and diversify Horry County’s workforce. Nearly 3,500 people participate in Horry Georgetown’s workforce development programs each year.
  • Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) – The Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) and Aviation Electronics Technology (AET) programs at Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics provide hands on experience. The aviation maintenance program prepares individuals for a career as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified aircraft mechanic, and the aviation electronics (or avionics) program leads to opportunities as a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licensed avionics technician.
  • Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing & Technology (SiMT) – By utilizing the vast resources of the SiMT, companies can train employees in a 3D, virtual reality environment reducing both expenses and exposure to accidents. Products are brought to market faster by employing the largest 3D printing capabilities in the Southeast, and meeting customer orders for parts and assemblies exceed normal capacities through outsourcing to SiMT’s state-of-the-art machining center.