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Hot Careers


South Dakota's Highest Projected Demand and Highest Wage Occupations
2016-2026
SOC Code Occupational Title Annual Average Demand 2016 Workers 2026 Workers Actual Change
2016-2026
Percent Change
2016-2026
Annual Median Wage Annual Average Wage
00-0000 Total, All Occupations 58,885 487,455 520,526 33,071 6.8% $32,338 $40,766
13-2011 Accountants and Auditors 513 5,073 5,570 497 9.8% $61,515 $65,456
49-3023 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 238 2,364 2,506 142 6.0% $37,839 $39,581
47-2031 Carpenters 639 6,343 6,810 467 7.4% $34,504 $35,774
47-2051 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers 229 1,904 2,080 176 9.2% $36,526 $37,028
21-1021 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 187 1,701 1,817 116 6.8% $38,163 $39,767
21-2011 Clergy 209 1,790 1,901 111 6.2% $44,146 $47,036
27-2022 Coaches and Scouts 185 1,245 1,377 132 10.6% $31,217 $33,978
47-2111 Electricians 265 2,288 2,383 95 4.2% $44,577 $45,951
25-2021 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 324 4,156 4,407 251 6.0% $40,781 $41,575
47-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 157 1,461 1,585 124 8.5% $61,284 $63,210
35-1012 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 301 1,929 2,109 180 9.3% $32,852 $33,470
43-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 190 1,871 1,934 63 3.4% $47,486 $49,263
41-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 435 3,813 4,061 248 6.5% $42,695 $47,039
11-1021 General and Operations Managers 380 4,094 4,459 365 8.9% $110,150 $123,306
53-3032 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1,005 8,604 9,257 653 7.6% $38,550 $40,853
47-4051 Highway Maintenance Workers 173 1,665 1,711 46 2.8% $33,322 $33,685
41-3021 Insurance Sales Agents 315 2,884 3,171 287 10.0% $47,648 $64,762
43-4131 Loan Interviewers and Clerks 236 2,105 2,371 266 12.6% $32,718 $33,425
13-2072 Loan Officers 155 1,620 1,808 188 11.6% $60,177 $63,988
49-9071 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 313 2,873 3,118 245 8.5% $35,770 $36,597
13-1111 Management Analysts 299 2,935 3,310 375 12.8% $67,496 $79,099
25-2022 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 166 2,126 2,257 131 6.2% $41,901 $42,518
47-2073 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 229 1,976 2,075 99 5.0% $42,706 $43,753
41-2022 Parts Salespersons 226 1,627 1,793 166 10.2% $32,395 $34,537
47-2152 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 170 1,436 1,579 143 10.0% $41,096 $43,195
29-1141 Registered Nurses 837 12,334 14,052 1,718 13.9% $55,658 $57,014
41-4012 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 640 5,650 6,151 501 8.9% $57,176 $62,175
41-4011 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 187 1,601 1,776 175 10.9% $71,907 $84,582
25-2031 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 268 3,509 3,724 215 6.1% $41,475 $41,985
51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 391 3,150 3,555 405 12.9% $36,910 $37,614

Notes:

*SOC - Standard Occupational Classification (See SOC occupational descriptions on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website.)

South Dakota's 30 Hot Careers are those occupations projected to have the greatest projected demand for workers to 2026, have only positive employment change between 2006 and 2016 and for which have the average wage is higher than the median wage across all occupations.

For more information on average annual demand and other employment projections data used in the table above (2016 workers, 2026 workers, percent change 2016-2026), 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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