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Lifeboat Jobs

Given the impact of COVID-19, the Labor Market Information (LMI) Division is providing help for job seekers by publishing a series of current in-demand opportunities titled Lifeboat Jobs. These are positions that you can step into immediately during these uncertain times to ensure a steady paycheck while considering the next step in your career path.  

This collection of Lifeboat Jobs highlights in-demand employment opportunities as of Summer 2020. The LMI Division pulled and analyzed data from more than 45,000, non-seasonally adjusted*, job postings in the state to identify which positions and industries were most relevant to South Carolina job seekers and employers.

Scroll through the images below for 29 Lifeboat Jobs that will provide:

1. The skills you need to land a Lifeboat Job 
Similar occupations that allow for an easy transition into, and out of, a Lifeboat Job 
Entry-level and median salary information for each occupation in the graphic 
The skills you learn while working a Lifeboat Job 
The education you need to ascend a career ladder beyond the Lifeboat Job 

To explore how Labor Market Information can help you shape decisions for your professional future, explore the Labor Market Information (LMI) website. To view all Lifeboat Jobs in a PDF format, visit the LMI's publication's page. 

Click Page Numbers Below Images for Full Round-Up of Lifeboat Jobs! 

If you think one of these Lifeboat Jobs is the one for you, go to SC Works Online Services (SCWOS) and complete a search for these Lifeboat Jobs based on your location, position title, etc. You will need to create a SCWOS login if you haven’t already done so. If you are receiving Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, you would have been prompted to create a log in when you filed your initial claim.

To learn more about applying for jobs through SCWOS, click here. Any additional questions can be directed to the local SC Works Center near you. Find the closest location here.

You can also visit the closest SC Works Center near you! Check out the locations here.

SC Works Online Services

SC Works Online Services (SCWOS) links all of South Carolina's state and local workforce services and resources and, consequently, is the state's largest workforce development database. If you are looking for a job, you'll find a wealth of information, starting with thousands of positions listed by employers all over the state to help in your job search. If you are an employer, you can use this tool to post positions, search for candidates and review job market trends.

Some benefits of using SCWOS include:

  • A direct connection between employers and jobs. In particular, jobs with a yellow star indicate companies which have requested that DEW assist them with the hiring process.
  • Labor Market Information to help look at employment trends and local workforce information.
  • Training opportunities and details.
  • A one-stop employment website that pulls opportunities from other job-listing websites such as Monster, Career Builder and local media.
  • The ability for job seekers to create up to ten resumes, highlighting various strengths and skills.
  • The ability for employers to create an online application that will be typed for quality and efficiency.
  • Direct line to business consultants and other DEW staff for assistance.


To visit SCWOS, click here.

If you are an Unemployment Insurance claimant, please note that SCWOS is the site where you need to login and conduct your two weekly job searches to avoid interruption in your benefits.

To learn more about the work search process, click here.


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