The Best Jobs In South Dakota For 2017 College Grads

by Chris Kolmar
College Grad Jobs, Rankings - 4 years ago

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If you’re about to graduate from college, now’s about the time you’re probably wondering–what next?

For most of you, the answer will be simple: find a job. And for many of you, the answer will be: find any job. Because we’ve all heard the horror stories of graduating and the pickings being slim, we’ve decided to go ahead and save you some trouble.

After some research and number crunching, we’ve determined the best jobs for recent college grads in South Dakota. Here they are:

  1. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products
  2. Insurance Sales Agents
  3. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  4. Residential Advisors
  5. Management Analysts
  6. Social and Human Service Assistants
  7. Human Resources Specialists
  8. Coaches and Scouts
  9. Clergy

We know what you’re thinking–sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products? Really?

You’ll want to keep reading to find out just how we came up with this list and why each job made the cut. Yes, even sales representatives.

How we determined the best entry level jobs in South Dakota

We’ve been talking to a lot of college graduates recently, so we have a pretty good sense of what they want in their first job. Their list normally goes in something like this order:

  1. ANY JOB!! (Availability of jobs)
  2. Location
  3. Pay
  4. Potential for growth
  5. Work life balance

Lucky for everyone, there’s data available from various sources for each of the items on this list. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides data on pay by location, each state’s Department of Labor compiles job growth statistics, and ONet Online, another government source, has data on job requirements.

We combined data from each of these sources to produce a master database that contains information for every profession. Specifically, we looked at the following criteria:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Only for jobs in South Dakota that require a college degree.
  • Average annual entry level salary .
  • Projected growth as an industry over the next 10 years.

By limiting the dataset to only those jobs that require a bachelors degree, we were left with 9 jobs to rank.

We then ranked each job on each criteria from 1 to 9 with 1 being the best.

Next, we took the average of each job’s rankings to create a “Job Score”.

Finally, we ranked every job’s “Job Score” from 1 to 9 with 1, again, being the best.

One Job Please

Just graduating from college can be a scary time–but don’t forget, it’s also exciting. You have so many options, so many jobs to pick (or not pick! Go travel!), and so many choices! The world is your oyster, and with this list, so is the job market.

Below is a more detailed look at the best jobs for 2017 college graduates in the Mount Rushmore State.

Detailed List Of The Best Entry Level Jobs In South Dakota For 2017 College Grads

Rank Job Growth % Entry Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 14.11% $43,790 1,860
2 Insurance Sales Agents 9.89% $32,550 3,000
3 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 9.09% $43,120 1,800
4 Residential Advisors 8.9% $20,320 2,570
5 Management Analysts 8.65% $42,820 2,890
6 Social and Human Service Assistants 9.78% $19,370 1,010
7 Human Resources Specialists 5.77% $34,730 1,100
8 Coaches and Scouts 4.35% $25,470 1,200
9 Clergy 3.39% $28,990 1,830
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