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Hot Careers Data


South Dakota Hot Careers
High Demand, High Wage Occupations
SOC Code(s) Occupational Title Average Annual Openings 2018 Employment 2028 Employment Numeric
Change
2018-
2028
Percent Change 2018-2028 Average Annual Wage
2020
Level of Education Recommended in South Dakota
00-0000 Total, All Occupations 62,664 491,588 526,251 34,663 7.1% $44,961  
13-2011 Accountants and Auditors Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 538 4,998 5,491 493 9.9% $69,174 Bachelor's degree
49-3023 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 244 2,321 2,441 120 5.2% $42,841 Some postsecondary education
49-3031 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 109 994 1,113 119 12.0% $47,604 Some postsecondary education
13-1199
13-1198
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 148 1,446 1,507 61 4.2% $72,789 Some postsecondary education
13-1021
13-1022
13-1023
13-1020
Buyers and Purchasing Agents 142 1,358 1,363 5 0.4% $63,929 Bachelor's degree
47-2031 Carpenters Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 659 5,696 6,160 464 8.2% $38,094 High school diploma or equivalent
47-2051 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 239 2,010 2,195 185 9.2% $37,562 High school diploma or equivalent
11-1011 Chief Executives 94 1,302 1,315 13 1.0% $259,426 Bachelor's degree
21-1021 Child, Family, and School Social Workers Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 195 1,846 1,947 101 5.5% $41,940 Bachelor's degree
17-2051 Civil Engineers 113 1,232 1,363 131 10.6% $81,318 Bachelor's degree
21-2011 Clergy Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 225 1,860 2,008 148 8.0% $47,240 Bachelor's egree
29-2010
29-2011
29-2012
Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians 95 1,256 1,379 123 9.8% $49,582 Bachelor's degree
27-2022 Coaches and Scouts Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 178 1,081 1,201 120 11.1% $39,623 Bachelor's degree
51-9121
51-9124
Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 103 836 921 85 10.2% $40,371 High chool diploma or equivalent
13-1041 Compliance Officers 93 962 1,026 64 6.7% $59,642 Bachelor's degree
15-1151
15-1232
Computer User Support Specialists 140 1,445 1,595 150 10.4% $40,185 Some postsecondary education
33-3012 Correctional Officers and Jailers 136 1,457 1,512 55 3.8% $41,038 High school diploma or equivalent
13-1051 Cost Estimators 95 850 928 78 9.2% $60,104 Bachelor's degree
51-9032 Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 97 689 770 81 11.8% $39,450 High school diploma or equivalent
51-4031 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 94 817 835 18 2.2% $38,820 High school diploma or equivalent
31-9091 Dental Assistants 122 955 1,053 98 10.3% $40,312 Some postsecondary education
21-1012 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 96 806 894 88 10.9% $45,018 Master's degree
47-2111 Electricians Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 322 2,464 2,696 232 9.4% $47,672 Some postsecondary education
25-2021 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 349 4,264 4,516 252 5.9% $44,793 Bachelor's degree
49-3041 Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians 149 1,265 1,415 150 11.9% $43,898 Some postsecondary education
47-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 169 1,448 1,572 124 8.6% $67,601 High school diploma or equivalent
37-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers 98 764 837 73 9.6% $41,869 High school diploma or equivalent
49-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 99 957 1,038 81 8.5% $74,754 Some postsecondary education
41-1012 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 86 872 890 18 2.1% $103,234 High school diploma or equivalent
43-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 198 1,824 1,875 51 2.8% $51,636 Some postsecondary education
51-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 169 1,424 1,573 149 10.5% $62,995 Some postsecondary education
41-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 466 4,059 4,190 131 3.2% $49,305 High school diploma or equivalent
11-9051 Food Service Managers 172 1,315 1,451 136 10.3% $55,510 High school diploma or equivalent
11-1021 General and Operations Managers Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 404 4,038 4,412 374 9.3% $131,895 Associate degree
27-1024 Graphic Designers 96 940 953 13 1.4% $37,507 Bachelor's degree
49-9021 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 137 1,178 1,324 146 12.4% $50,520 Some postsecondary education
53-3032 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 1,100 8,645 9,399 754 8.7% $46,232 Some postsecondary education
47-4051 Highway Maintenance Workers Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 211 1,796 1,870 74 4.1% $37,319 High school diploma or equivalent
13-1071 Human Resources Specialists 117 1,051 1,129 78 7.4% $57,112 Bachelor's degree
49-9041 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 151 1,249 1,502 253 20.3% $50,156 Some postsecondary education
53-7051 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 197 1,533 1,693 160 10.4% $37,187 High school diploma or equivalent
41-3021 Insurance Sales Agents Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 296 2,562 2,882 320 12.5% $72,640 Some postsecondary education
29-2061 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 159 1,922 2,011 89 4.6% $39,422 Some postsecondary education
53-3033 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 447 3,387 3,777 390 11.5% $36,996 High school diploma or equivalent
43-4131 Loan Interviewers and Clerks Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 245 2,001 2,282 281 14.0% $39,104 High school diploma or equivalent
13-2072 Loan Officers Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 175 1,703 1,930 227 13.3% $70,141 Associate degree
51-4041 Machinists 114 936 1,067 131 14.0% $41,586 High school diploma or equivalent
49-9071 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 334 3,007 3,294 287 9.5% $40,319 High school diploma or equivalent
13-1111 Management Analysts Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 377 3,334 3,762 428 12.8% $75,916 Bachelor's degree
13-1161 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 133 993 1,200 207 20.9% $58,663 Bachelor's degree
25-2022 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 168 2,042 2,167 125 6.1% $45,575 Bachelor's degree
15-1142
15-1244
Network and Computer Systems Administrators 147 1,808 1,958 150 8.3% $65,751 Bachelor's degree
47-2073 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 213 1,702 1,805 103 6.1% $46,576 High school diploma or equivalent
47-2141 Painters, Construction and Maintenance 94 834 892 58 7.0% $38,997 High school diploma or equivalent
41-2022 Parts Salespersons Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 224 1,616 1,800 184 11.4% $39,169 High school diploma or equivalent
37-3012 Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation 94 645 710 65 10.1% $35,992 High school diploma or equivalent
47-2152 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations  219 1,684 1,896 212 12.6% $45,333 Some postsecondary education
33-3051 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 148 1,933 2,020 87 4.5% $50,961 Some postsecondary education
11-9141 Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers 131 1,475 1,606 131 8.9% $43,672 High school diploma or equivalent
29-1141 Registered Nurses Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 907 12,940 14,643 1,703 13.2% $60,956 Bachelor's degree
41-4012 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 655 5,449 6,003 554 10.2% $65,925 High school diploma or equivalent
41-4011 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 191 1,600 1,753 153 9.6% $104,815 Bachelor's degree
25-2031 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 275 3,502 3,718 216 6.2% $45,810 Bachelor's degree
15-1132
15-1256
Software Developers, Applications 108 1,041 1,300 259 24.9% $78,536 Bachelor's degree
19-1013 Soil and Plant Scientists 92 684 787 103 15.1% $63,173 Bachelor's degree
47-2221 Structural Iron and Steel Workers 103 752 845 93 12.4% $42,599 High school diploma or equivalent
21-1018
21-1011
21-1014
Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 176 1,352 1,603 251 18.6% $44,195 Bachelor's degree
51-8031 Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators 91 937 982 45 4.8% $45,830 High school diploma or equivalent
51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers Top 30 image, indicating this is one of South Dakota's top 30 highest demand, highest wage occupations 432 3,321 3,758 437 13.2% $40,874 Some postsecondary education

Notes:

The wages in the Average Annual Wages column were updated in May 2021 to reflect 2020 wage estimates, but the Hot Careers were determined in 2020, using the most recent wage data available at that time (2019).

Learn how the Hot Careers and Top 30 occupations are identified.

*SOC - Standard Occupational Classification (See SOC occupational descriptions on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website. The SOC taxonomy is revised as needed over time to appropriately reflect changes in occupational duties and expectations. The version of the taxonomy used for each particular data set shown above varies along with the timeframe used for that data set. Additionally, sometimes the taxonomy is adapted for a particular program or data set. Occupational classification for a particular program is often a work in progress, with codes for some occupations modified multiple times before a final, static code is determined. During such transitions, an occupation may have more than one code associated with it. For these reasons, we have included in the table above all codes associated (across the various data sets displayed) with the occupations listed. When using other resources for occupational data, if you do not find the occupation by the first SOC code listed, please try the other codes listed.

For more information on average annual openings and other employment projections data used in the table above (2018 workers, 2028 workers, percent change 2018-2028), see our Employment Projections Technical Notes page.

For more information on average annual wages, please see our Occupational Wages Technical Notes page.

Employment projections for additional occupations are available in the virtual labor market data system; please see our Occupational Projections menu.

Wage data is also available for additional occupations in the virtual labor market data system; please see our Occupational Wages menu.

Source: Labor Market Information Center, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation.

 

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