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An Overview of the Job Market for South Dakota Careers

South Dakota is characterized by its rural character and expansive, open spaces. Students at South Dakota schools appreciate the state's lush mountains, pristine lakes and rolling plains. From the Missouri River to historic Mount Rushmore, South Dakota is an enjoyable place to live, work and study.

Top industries in South Dakota are:

  • Service
  • Agriculture
  • Health care

Ellsworth Airforce Base near Rapid City is the second-largest employer in South Dakota, making government spending another source of income to South Dakota's economy. Pierre and Sioux City are South Dakota's most important cities, and both places are the cultural and educational hotspots in the state.

South Dakota Jobs and Career Outlook

Tourism is a popular sector in South Dakota--jobs are competitive, but the influx of visitors creates a steady job market. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Projects that health services sector may expand through 2018 and hence college graduates may have chances of finding gainful employment.

South Dakota Schools, Colleges and Degrees

In today's economy, post-secondary degrees can give you a competitive advantage in the job market. According to the BLS, your earning power can as much as double with a master's degree. You can study online or at a traditional campus setting in nearly all South Dakota schools. If you are a working professional returning to school, you might enjoy the flexible schedule offered by online programs.