These Are The 5 Best Industries For Jobs In South Dakota For 2018

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 9 months ago
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When we normally think of South Dakota things like great hikes and trails, all time best things to do, and good food and home cooking.

But there’s also a strong economy and job market that has been improving in recent years.

Here at Zippia, we like to take a closer look at local economies to understand what jobs and industries are doing better than others. We think this helps job seekers and people thinking of moving to the area for a job know what to expect.

So we set our sights on uncovering the best industries within South Dakota.

Read on to see how we determined which industries rise above the competition to become the best of the best.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the South Dakota job scene here:

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How we determined the best industries in the Mount Rushmore State for jobs

We believe that the data never lies or that it at least lies a lot less than any one person’s opinion. So we went on a mission to collect as much data as we could about the South Dakota job market.

At the end of the day, we were able to find the following, relevant criteria for determining the best industries:

  • Average Salary
  • Job Availability
  • Average Stress Level Of Jobs In The Industry

The sources of data include the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Department of Labor.

Stress level is an index created by self reported statistics from people in the industry. We ranked each industry on these from 1 to 22 where 1 was the best.

Finally, we averaged all the rankings together to create a ‘Best Industry’ index. We crowned the industry with the lowest score, Healthcare Practitioners And Technical, as the best industry in South Dakota.

For a detail table of the data, check out the bottom of the post. But now, carry on to learn more about why the various industries are so great for jobs.

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Detailed List Of The Best Industries In South Dakota

Rank Industry Average Salary # Of People
1 Healthcare Practitioners And Technical $69,230 29,800
2 Architecture And Engineering $65,470 4,840
3 Life, Physical, And Social Science $54,800 4,070
4 Education, Training, And Library $42,210 24,170
5 Production And Manufactoring $33,310 31,600
6 Management $104,970 11,580
7 Community And Social Service $39,590 6,550
8 Business And Financial Operations $63,450 18,630
9 Office And Administrative Support $30,690 64,720
10 Computer And Mathematical $63,930 7,830
11 Construction And Extraction $38,300 21,940
12 Legal $73,390 1,660
13 Sales $37,360 47,440
14 Farming, Fishing, And Forestry $28,490 1,630
15 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, And Media $37,980 5,560
16 Installation, Maintenance, And Repair $44,560 16,450
17 Transportation $32,550 29,550
18 Personal Care And Service $24,930 14,320
19 Building And Grounds Cleaning And Maintenance $24,990 16,780
20 Food Preparation And Serving Related $21,890 41,410
21 Protective Service $39,360 6,470
22 Healthcare Support $27,500 10,540

Summing up the best industries in South Dakota

There you have it; Healthcare Practitioners And Technical is the best industry to be in if you live around South Dakota.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Healthcare Support Industry ranks as the worst in South Dakota mostly due to bad pay and scarcity of jobs.