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High Demand Jobs in Mt. Pleasant, the US Shrimping Capital

Updated on June 8, 2015
Fishing boats are a usual sight in Mt. Pleasant.
Fishing boats are a usual sight in Mt. Pleasant. | Source

Mt. Pleasant, one of 2010s Top 10 All-America Cities and one of the Best 100 Places to Live is located on the northeastern shore of Charleston Harbor. Mt. Pleasant has seen military action during the American Revolution, the American Civil War, and World War II as an important port city for the country's Atlantic Seaboard defense.  

Today, Mt. Pleasant is important for commercial and passenger transportation via local rivers and the harbor and is famous for shrimping in the waters of Charleston Harbor. An annual blessing of the shrimping fleet is a colorful addition to the local diverse culture.

To the southeast, tthree additional smaller cities generate interest as vacation areas as well as residential and workplace sites. These are Isle of Palms, Johns Island, and Sullivan's Island. They are part of a line of inviting beaches along the Atlantic shoreline of South Carolina and attract many visitors each year.

Unfortunately, Sullivan's Island was also a landing place for nearly half of the African slave population that arrived in the original British Colonies. This makes Sullivan's Island a dark counterpart to Ellis Island and its immigration of free people through New York. Since 2008, a commemorative bench recognizing the victims of the slave trade has rested on the beach of Sullivan's Island, placed there by writer Toni Morrison's foundation. In addition, a museum slave ship docks from time to time in Charleston Harbor. Many of today's African-Americans are tied to Sullivan's Island by bloodlines.

Edgar Allan Poe is also linked to Sullivan's Island. He was stationed at Fort Moultrie there and wrote his short story The Gold Bug with the setting of the fort and island.

Fort Moultrie National Monument

This is also part of a National Historic District
This is also part of a National Historic District | Source

Fort Moultrie

The early Fort Moultrie (circa 1775) was part of a military base built as a series of four harbor forts on and near Sullivan's Island. The first fort, Fort Moultrie, was constructed of resilient palmetto logs, the palmetto tree becoming part of the South Carolina Flag. The fort was home to Edgar Allan Poe in the US Army for a time and is now a national monument area and a visitor's attraction. Reconstructed and bolstered with new war technologies several times, the fort served the US military well though WWII, nearly 200 years.

Civil War on Sullivan's island

Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, 1865, with Lt. Comdr. Edward Barrett and Lt. Cornelius N. Schoomaker, U. S. Navy, with the U. S. Monitor Catskill
Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, 1865, with Lt. Comdr. Edward Barrett and Lt. Cornelius N. Schoomaker, U. S. Navy, with the U. S. Monitor Catskill

Local Attractions

Mt. Pleasant offers many activities and attractions for resident and visitors around the year, with different events each month. National holidays bring parades and other events, and famers markets operate each weekend in the warmest months. Regional golf tournaments occur several times per year as well. National historic sites fill the Charleston Harbor area with additional attractions and venues that include:

One area is a National Register District known as Old Village, featuring colonial American and antebellum houses among historic churches. Pitt Street is the village center that supports shops, boutiques, a pharmacy with a soda fountain, and The Old Village Post House inn and tavern.

Local yearly events include:

  • Largest Oyster Festival in the World – Boone Hall Plantation - January
  • Lowcountry Gullah Heritage Programs and Gullah Heritage Days – 1st Quarter yearly
  • Mount Pleasant Arts Festival - March
  • Charleston Race Week - April
  • Historic Old Village Tours and Colonial Day Living History - April
  • Annual Blessing of the Shrimping Fleet at Alhambra Hall - April
  • Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival - June
  • Scottish Games and Highland Gathering at Boone Hall Plantation - September
  • Mount Pleasant Children's Day Festival - October
  • Reenactment of the Battle of Secessionville - November

Fort Moultrie National Monument

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Civil War photo published in 1911.
Civil War photo published in 1911.
Civil War photo published in 1911.

Mt. Pleasant SC

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Mt. Pleasant SC:
Mt Pleasant, SC, USA

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Angel Oak on Johns Island

65 feet tall. 1500+ years old.
65 feet tall. 1500+ years old. | Source

Local Publications

  • Check out the The Island Eye News, the newspaper for Sullivan's Island and the Isle of Palms in Charleston County, South Carolina. It provides local news to all of our barrier island residents.

Isle of Palms, Southeast of Mt. Pleasant

Isle of Palms Area

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Isle of Palms:
Isle of Palms, SC, USA

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Colleges, Universities, and Vocational Schools

Over 40 different nations and bands of Native North Americans have lived in South Carolina. Many are part of the Cusabo Indian Tribe, Cherokee Nation, the Chocktaw, and the large Croatan group that helped the Lost Roanoke Colonists (no found via DNA analysis) by taking them to Hatteras Island and intermarrying with them. Many South Carolina nations have been related to the Sioux.

The Croatans Lived Along Many Miles of the Atlantic Coast

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Croatan, NC:
Croatan, NC, USA

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Hattaras Island:
Hatteras Island, North Carolina, USA

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Bertie County, NC:
Bertie County, NC, USA

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Cordova, South Carolina:
Cordova, SC 29039, USA

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Home of today's Croatan Native Americans.

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Croatan Indians:
Croatan Indian Cemetary Road, Claxton, GA 30417, USA

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Native North American Installations in Charleston County and Mt. Pleasant

  • Ashley Hall Plantation - Plantations were sometimes built on Native American land.
  • Auld Mound
  • Bass Pond Archaeological Site
  • Buzzard's Island Archaeological Site
  • Fig Island
  • Hanckel Mound
  • Horse Island
  • Lighthouse Point Shell Ring - Seafood shells were piled up to make mounds of discards.
  • McLeod Plantation
  • Sewee Mound - The Sewee were their own group of Native Americans.
  • Site of Old Charles Towne
  • Spanish Mount Point

Selected Indigenous Installations

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Horse Island, SC:
Horse Island, Francis Marion Ranger District, South Carolina 29453, USA

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Lighthouse Point, SC:
Lighthouse Point, Charleston, SC 29412, USA

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Bass Pond:
Pond 035, Kiawah Island, SC 29455, USA

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Fig Island, SC:
Fig Island, South Carolina 29920, USA

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Buzzard Island, SC:
Buzzard Island, South Carolina 29910, USA

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Cherokee Nation Warriors Fought with the Confederacy in SC

This is a reunion celebration in New Orleans in 1903.
This is a reunion celebration in New Orleans in 1903. | Source

Local Job Market

Within 25 miles of Mt. Pleasant, 8,000 jobs were listed after Thanksgiving 2010, with nearly 5,000 of these positions located within 5 miles of the center of the city.

Approximately 3,000 additional jobs are found in Charleston, North Charleston, Isle of Palms, The Village, Johns Island, and Sullivan's Island. The graph above shows increases in the Winter and Summer tourist seasons, with an additional upsurge beginning in Holiday Season 2010.

Top 10 High Demand Jobs

  1. Pharmacists
  2. Physical Therapists
  3. Cashiers/ Customer Service Representatives
  4. IT Engineers
  5. Fabrication Specialists - manufacturing: aircraft assembly
  6. Retail Sales Representatives
  7. Registered Nurses (RNs) - NICU - Travel Jobs - see link below.
  8. Hospice Registered Nurses - RNs
  9. General Managers
  10. Shift Supervisors

Projected High Demand Jobs through 2018

  1. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  2. Retail Salespersons
  3. Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer - Increasing jobs at above expected numbers in 2014 - 2015.
  4. First-Line Supervisors in Retail
  5. Customer Service Representatives
  6. Physical Therapists
  7. Computer Programmers
  8. Cashiers
  9. General and Operations Managers
  10. Postsecondary Teachers (e.g., college level)

Companies Listing the Most Job Openings

  1. Bi-LO - Supermarkets
  2. SAIC - Scientific/IT
  3. Boeing Company - Aircraft and Aerospace Manufacturing, part of the NASA Commercial Crew
  4. Scientific Research Corp
  5. L-3 Communications
  6. Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  7. East Cooper Regional Medical Center
  8. Tenet Healthcare Corporation
  9. Trident Healthcare
  10. Gentiva Health Services
  11. Blockbuster Inc.
  12. AppleOne - Staffing agency
  13. HCA Healthcare
  14. Harris Teeter - Supermarkets
  15. Kindred Healthcare
  16. HCR ManorCare
  17. Blackbaud - Software solutions worldwide
  18. Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
  19. Medical Devices Companies
  20. Food Lion

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