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High Demand Jobs in Mt. Pleasant, the US Shrimping Capital
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
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.
Famous Poetry at Fort Moultrie
- The Insect At the Heart of Edgar Allan Poe's Story "The Gold-Bug"
Controversy has surrounded the existence of the Gold Bug in Poe's story. Some literary gurus have felt it was fantasy and no such bug lived. However, evidence exists to show that not only is there a Gold Bug, but it was found in nature in the area wh
The American Civil War
- US History: 1851 - 1900
Several additional territories became states, USA acquired additional territories, set a Canadian Border and experienced their own American Civil War. The Gold Rush and the Railroads also created a flurry of activity, while Native Americans were driv
Civil War on Sullivan's island
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:
- Boone Hall Plantation
- Old Mount Pleasant Shopping District
- Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum - Charleston Harbor
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 MonumentClick thumbnail to view full-size
Mt. Pleasant SC
Angel Oak on Johns Island
- Angel Oak Tree - Homepage of the GOD of all OAK TREES
Angel Oak Tree is perhaps the Oldest Live Oak in North America if not the World. Dated at 1500+ years this Tree is truly majestic. It is located in South Carolina near Charleston.
- 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
Colleges, Universities, and Vocational Schools
- American College of Building Arts
- College of Charleston
- Charleston School of Law
- Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston School ...
- The Citadel Military College of South Carolina
- MUSC Medical Center
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 Found Roanoke Colony
- Lost Roanoke Colony Found - Maps, Artifacts and DNA Evidence
Newer evidence places the Lost Colonists in Bertie County. Best evidence suggests they traveled a short distance to 42-mile long Hatteras Island. Their descendants are being DNA tested now.
The Croatans Lived Along Many Miles of the Atlantic Coast
Home of today's Croatan Native Americans.
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
Cherokee Nation Warriors Fought with the Confederacy in SC
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
- Physical Therapists
- Cashiers/ Customer Service Representatives
- IT Engineers
- Fabrication Specialists - manufacturing: aircraft assembly
- Retail Sales Representatives
- Registered Nurses (RNs) - NICU - Travel Jobs - see link below.
- Hospice Registered Nurses - RNs
- General Managers
- Shift Supervisors
Nursing Jobs In the Carolinas
- Travel Nursing
The Travel Nurse or "traveler" is an answer to America's long-term, continuing shortage of nursing professionals. Travel nursing is one of the most lucrative health care professions in terms of higher pay and greater numbers of benefits. It is also l
Projected High Demand Jobs through 2018
- Registered Nurses (RNs)
- Retail Salespersons
- Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer - Increasing jobs at above expected numbers in 2014 - 2015.
- First-Line Supervisors in Retail
- Customer Service Representatives
- Physical Therapists
- Computer Programmers
- General and Operations Managers
- Postsecondary Teachers (e.g., college level)
Companies Listing the Most Job Openings
- Bi-LO - Supermarkets
- SAIC - Scientific/IT
- Boeing Company - Aircraft and Aerospace Manufacturing, part of the NASA Commercial Crew
- Scientific Research Corp
- L-3 Communications
- Roper St. Francis Healthcare
- East Cooper Regional Medical Center
- Tenet Healthcare Corporation
- Trident Healthcare
- Gentiva Health Services
- Blockbuster Inc.
- AppleOne - Staffing agency
- HCA Healthcare
- Harris Teeter - Supermarkets
- Kindred Healthcare
- HCR ManorCare
- Blackbaud - Software solutions worldwide
- Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
- Medical Devices Companies
- Food Lion