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Employment in South Dakota

Updated on September 4, 2014
Mitchell, South Dakota
Mitchell, South Dakota | Source

Incentives to Work in South Dakota

Finance and insurance is the leading industry overall in South Dakota, accounting for over 17% of the Gross State Product.

Other top industries are health care and social services, manufacturing, retail, real estate, and agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting.

Government, educational, healthcare, and retail employ the highest number of workers.

The Number One Employer in the state is Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls. Sioux Valley, when combined with Avera McKennan Hospital, employs over 9,700 employees in the Sioux Falls area alone.

The state of South Dakota has no income tax (personal or corporate) and holds second lowest crime rate in America. This makes the state attractive for entering businesses and migrating residents.

Sioux Falls and Rapid City Have the Most Jobs

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Jobs in Highest Demand During the 2010s

Jobs at South Dakota State University:

  1. Truck Drivers
  2. Housekeepers
  3. Assistant Managers
  4. Certified Nursing Assistant - CNAs
  5. Customer Service Representatives and Cashiers
  6. Cooks and related
  7. Dishwashers
  8. Salespeople

Healthcare Representatives for Insurance Sales

RNs, LPNs, Healthcare Technicians

Physical and Occupational Therapists

Information Technology jobs

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Sports Related Opportunities in South Dakota

High School Sports

League Sports Teams

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More of the Badlands. | Source

Higher Education in South Dakota

Augustana College: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Black Hills State University: Spearfish

Dakota State University: Madison

Dakota Wesleyan University: Mitchell

Kilian Community College: Sioux Falls

Lake Area Technical Institute: Watertown SD

Mitchell Technical Institute: Mitchell, South Dakota

Mount Marty College: Yankton

Northern State University: Aberdeen

Oglala Lakota College: Allen, Batesland, Kyle, Manderson. Martin, Oglala, Pine Ridge, Porcupine, Rapid City, Wanblee

Presentation College: Aberdeen. This is a four-year Catholic college sponsored by and receiving its traditions from the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Founded in 1951.

Sinte Gleska University: Mission, South Dakota

Sisseton Wahpeton Community College: Sisseton, South Dakota

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology: Rapid City

South Dakota State University: Brookings

Southeast Technical Institute: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

University of Sioux Falls: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

University of South Dakota: Vermillion

Western Dakota Technical Institute: Rapid City

Native American Business in South Dakota

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

  • 2001 Main Street P.O. Box 590 Eagle Butte, SD 57625
  • 605-964-8311

Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Council

  • P.O. Box 658 Fort Thompson SD 57339
  • (605) 245-2221

Flandreau Santee Sioux

  • Post Office Box 283 Flandreau SD 57028
  • (605) 997-3981

Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Council

  • P.O. Box 187 Lower Brule SD 57548
  • (605) 473-5561

Oglala Sioux Tibal Council

  • P. O. Box H #468 Pine Ridge SD 57770
  • (605) 867-5821

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

  • PO Box 430 Rosebud SD 57570
  • (605) 747-2381

Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux<

  • P.O. Box 509 Route 2 Agency Village SD 57262
  • (605) 698-3911

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Yankton Sioux

  • P. O. Box 248 Marty SD 57361
  • (605) 384-3804


Renewable Energy Businesses in South Dakota

GenPro Energy Solutions, LLC

MitchHart Mfg Inc

Airstreams, LLC

  • Wind turbines, wind energy systems
  • System Performance and Analysis, Wind Data Analysis, training.
  • 129 Main Avenue, Gary, South Dakota USA 57237
  • 877-833-4687

Dakota Windmill & Supply Inc.

  • Water pumping windmills.
  • 28043 SD Hwy 19 , Hurley, South Dakota USA 57036
  • 605 238 5110

High Plains Wind Energy, Inc.

  • Wind, solar, and hydro energy systems, water pumping, solar heating and hot water, geothermal heating and cooling, other.
  • Wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, biodiesel
  • 527 East Jackson Boulevard, Spearfish, South Dakota USA 57783
  • 605-722-8006


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      tdepp 8 years ago from South Dakota

      Thanks for the info about SD!