inc5000logoNine Charleston tech companies are on Inc. Magazine’s 2014 list of 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America. College of Charleston graduates work at eight of those companies.

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“It is awesome that there are so many options in the technology field now AND that many of those incredible companies are being recognized by Inc.!” says Jennifer Neher ‘99, technical requirements analyst at SPARC. “The number of tech jobs in in Charleston just keeps growing.”

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SPARC, a software product development company, was the highest Charleston tech company on the list at No. 700.

Other Charleston tech companies that employ College of Charleston alumni include Blue Acorn (No. 803), Omatic Software (No. 1349), PhishLabs (No. 1889), CodeLynx (No. 2201), Stasmayer (No. 2258), Advantage Media Group (No. 3364), and eGroup (No. 3937).

The number of Charleston tech companies on the list has nearly doubled since last year. In all, 55 South Carolina businesses made the Inc. 5,000 this year, up from 48 in 2013.

RELATED: See the revenue growth of Charleston’s tech companies on the list.

Eight other Charleston companies are on the list and College of Charleston alumni are employed by four of those companies: PureCars (No. 141), Escapada (No. 387), JEAR Logistics (No. 491) and The Cassina Group (No. 886).

SPARC’s Neher has one piece of advice for landing a job at one of these fast-growing companies – keep your LinkedIn profile up-to-date.

RELATED: Find Neher on LinkedIn.

“I had always thought SPARC was an amazing company and a place where I would love to work but I wasn’t really actively looking for a new job,” she explains. “I have always tried to keep my LinkedIn profile up to date and they reached out to me and the rest is history! The culture here is amazing and everyone is so friendly and really here to support you.”