Department of Labor and Regulation

Title - Labor Market Information Center

Occupational Profiles of Targeted Occupations

The occupational profiles available below in Adobe .pdf format were developed for each targeted occupation. Please visit the Targeted Occupations Web page for information regarding how occupations were selected.


Accountants and Auditors

Cost Estimators

Financial Analysts

Financial Managers

Loan Officers


Civil Engineers

Information Technology

Computer Support Specialists
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Software Developers, Applications


Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
Industrial Machinery Mechanics


Registered Nurses


Family and General Practitioners

Sales Representatives

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products

Specialty Trades

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters


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

Truck Drivers

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers


Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers

Reference Documents

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

For more in-depth descriptions of each targeted occupation, we recommend our South Dakota Career InSite and the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Is This For You?

Work Interests

Work Values, Abilities and Skills You Need

Work Values



For more in-depth 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

Please visit other portions of our website for occupational employment and demand projections and occupational wage data.





Marcia Hultman, Secretary
123 W. Missouri Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-4505
Tel. 605.773.3101
Fax. 605.773.6184