Occupational Profiles for Targeted Fields
Because the Department of Labor and Regulation has limited resources, workforce development efforts must concentrate on high-demand, high-wage occupations. Occupations projected to have high demand for workers through 2020 and currently have higher-than-average wages were targeted. The occupations were then grouped with similar occupations, as identified below. The profiles (available below in Adobe .pdf format) include a brief description of each occupation, look at the career interest areas related to each, give the educational requirements, highlight the skills and abilities most important for the occupation, give examples of where most workers in the occupation are employed, and provide employment projections and current wage estimates.
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
Elementary School Teachers, except Special Education
Middle School Teachers, except Special and Career/Technical Education
Secondary School Teachers, except Special and Career/Technical Education
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School
The following links contain more detailed explanations of the terms used in certain sections of the occupational profiles, or more information on the same topic.
What They Do
Is This For You?
Work Values, Abilities and Skills You Need
For more indepth information on work interests, work values, abilities or skills or for a more all-inclusive list of the requirements of any of the targeted occupations, please visit O*Net Online.
Education and Training
For more in-depth education and training requirements of each targeted occupation, we recommend our South Dakota Career InSite and the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Labor. For South Dakota postsecondary institutions offering the recommended training, we suggest exploring the "Educational Opportunities in South Dakota" available on the Dakota Association for College Admission Counseling website.
National Career Readiness Certificates
For more information on the National Career Readiness Certificate, please visit the Workforce Training portion of our website.
Where They Work
The industries listed are based on the occupational staffing patterns of employers in South Dakota as determined by the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey program conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The five South Dakota industries employing the largest percent of workers in the occupation are listed when possible; if fewer than five are listed, either the occupation is not employed in other industries or data for other industries could not be published due to confidentiality guidelines. For more information about the OES program, visit our Programs Overview page.
Employment and Wages