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Educational Pipeline for Pickens County

With a population of only 21,000 and a median age of 40, Pickens County seems like it could be in trouble a few years down the road. However, in 2017 there were 125 first-time freshmen enrolled in two and four-year colleges and universities across the state. That's five percent of their population aged 10-19, and a significantly larger portion of their 17-19 year olds. Overall, there are 640 undergraduates from the county enrolled across the state.

What are they studying?

Freshmen Undergraduates
Field of Study Number of Students Field of Study Number of Students
General Studies 61 Liberal Arts and Sciences 172
Liberal Arts and Sciences 8 General Studies 169
Welding Technology 7 Registered Nursing 26
Multi/Interdiciplinary Studies 4 Administrative Assistant 19
Biology/Biological Sciences 4 Welding Technology 13
Marketing/Marketing Management 4 Undeclared/Not Reported 12
Electrician 3 Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11
Psychology, General 3 Biology/Biological Sciences 10
Diesel Mechanics Technology 3 Business Administration and Management 9
Registered Nursing 2 Electrician 8

What does the workforce of the future look like?

Jobs with the highest growth potential from 2016 to 2026
Job Field Number of Projected Jobs
Personal Care Aides 777,600
Food Service and Preparation 579,900
Registered Nurses 438,100
Home Health Aides 432,300
Software Developers, Applications 255,400
Janitors and Cleaners 236,500
General and Operations Managers 205,200
Laborers and Material Movers 199,700
Medical Assistants 183,900
Waiters and Waitresses 182,500

Last Updated: March 31, 2020