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Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in South Dakota Than Elsewhere

Whether you're looking for a career to pursue, or just want to get a feel for occupations in the state, the table below should be helpful. And we haven't seen anything like it from anyone else.

This table tells us which jobs are more common in South Dakota, relative to the state population, compared to their popularity in every other US state. A Local Popularity Index of 1.0 matches the average across all US states; higher and lower numbers indicate the job is proportionally more or less popular here.

RankJobMean Local Salary 2006Local Jobs 2006Local Popularity Index
1Correspondence clerks$24,84033023.3
2Residential advisors$20,03587017.7
3Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood$22,1252407.2
4Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks$24,2703204.7
5Radio and television announcers$26,3801704.6
6Loan interviewers and clerks$25,1701,0104.2
7Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters$22,9155404.0
8Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door$42,9751004.0
9Medical transcriptionists$27,2003803.7
10Bill and account collectors$26,8502,1103.7
11Home appliance repairers$28,2601303.6
12Physician assistants$73,1152403.5
13Internists, general$189,5501303.3
14Opticians, dispensing$25,4052403.1
15Insurance claims and policy processing clerks$23,3708503.1
16Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing$22,5802203.1
17Grinding and polishing workers, hand$21,1851303.0
18Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors$32,9102303.0
20Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks$16,0656702.8
21Reporters and correspondents$27,9801402.7
22Parts salespersons$27,0107602.7
23Court, municipal, and license clerks$24,5902102.4
25Electrical power-line installers and repairers$47,5101802.3
26Merchandise displayers and window trimmers$24,9401702.3
27Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines$34,9753202.3
28Service station attendants$17,7502202.3
29Credit analysts$49,5801802.3
30Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders$23,1602402.3
31Civil engineering technicians$33,6402502.3
32Drywall and ceiling tile installers$29,5153602.2
33Customer service representatives$23,1456,3102.2
35Medical records and health information technicians$28,4004402.2
36Property, real estate, and community association managers$28,9554502.2
37Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers$14,6401,1402.1
38Child, family, and school social workers$31,0506402.1
39Cardiovascular technologists and technicians$39,7201002.1
40Radiologic technologists and technicians$41,2204802.1
41Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators$35,7701202.1
42Cement masons and concrete finishers$23,7905402.1
43Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop$15,0701,3302.1
44Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment$44,5301602.0
45Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer$31,9053,8202.0
46Highway maintenance workers$27,0102202.0
47Cooks, short order$16,7154402.0
48Cargo and freight agents$36,7101602.0
49Physical therapist assistants$25,9851402.0
50Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors$27,9101002.0
51Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders$25,9801201.9
53Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists$39,8854401.8
55Loan officers$41,6657601.7
56Telecommunications line installers and repairers$31,8902601.7
57Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers$37,2205201.7
58Nonfarm animal caretakers$18,8552101.7
59Insurance sales agents$45,0556601.7
60Refuse and recyclable material collectors$23,8001901.7
61Surgical technologists$31,8801601.7
63Architectural and civil drafters$32,4502301.7
64Advertising sales agents$32,5553301.7
65Child care workers$15,5101,1801.7
67Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers$30,4303101.6
68Physical therapists$58,4653201.6
69Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks$24,6103,8301.6
70Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators$35,4301401.6
71Laundry and dry-cleaning workers$17,5304401.6
72Procurement clerks$27,6901401.6
73Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists$23,7657201.6
74Medical and clinical laboratory technicians$29,4552701.6
75Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants$21,0052,6201.6
76Cooks, institution and cafeteria$20,6006801.5
77Maids and housekeeping cleaners$16,5951,7101.5
78Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors$20,5453801.5
79Cooks, fast food$14,5301,1801.5
80Floral designers$20,1151101.5
81Medical and clinical laboratory technologists$42,6102901.5
82Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists$32,8204601.5
83Prepress technicians and workers$26,9501201.5
84Library technicians$25,3901601.5
85Food preparation workers$15,9151,6901.5
86Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation$39,8553101.5
87Receptionists and information clerks$20,2852,0901.4
88Cleaners of vehicles and equipment$15,8906301.4
89Vocational education teachers, secondary school$34,4001101.4
90Occupational therapists$49,6001601.4
91Printing machine operators$26,4703501.4
92Network and computer systems administrators$47,1155401.4
94Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers$43,6852601.4
95First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers$63,4405601.4
96Respiratory therapists$45,4201501.4
97Network systems and data communications analysts$44,6553501.4
98First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers$45,3109901.4
99Billing and posting clerks and machine operators$22,6309301.4


The Most Common Jobs in South Dakota

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in South Dakota are unusually common compared to other states, the table below lists jobs which are the most common in raw numbers in the state.

RankJob Local Jobs 2006Mean Local Salary 2006Local Popularity Index
1Retail salespersons7,830$21,1201.4
2Customer service representatives6,310$23,1452.2
4Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks3,830$24,6101.6
5Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer3,820$31,9052.0
6Registered nurses3,820$50,4701.3
7Waiters and waitresses3,650$13,5551.2
8Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners3,590$19,2201.3
9Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand3,190$19,8501.0
10Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food2,960$14,2051.0
11Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants2,620$21,0051.6
12Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products2,570$42,8251.3
13Stock clerks and order fillers2,570$18,3901.2
14Bill and account collectors2,110$26,8503.7
16Receptionists and information clerks2,090$20,2851.4
17Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive1,920$21,4050.9
18First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers1,910$39,2801.0
19Office clerks, general1,800$19,5150.5
20General and operations managers1,750$95,4600.8
21Maids and housekeeping cleaners1,710$16,5951.5
22Food preparation workers1,690$15,9151.5
23First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers1,650$37,0251.2
24Team assemblers1,620$20,5751.2
25Executive secretaries and administrative assistants1,570$28,7350.8
26Accountants and auditors1,560$46,9601.1
27Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop1,330$15,0702.1
28Construction laborers1,290$22,5901.0
29Truck drivers, light or delivery services1,290$24,2801.0
30Child care workers1,180$15,5101.7
31Cooks, fast food1,180$14,5301.5
32Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers1,140$14,6402.1
33Cooks, restaurant1,090$18,7351.1
34First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers1,080$25,4051.1
35Packers and packagers, hand1,050$17,1151.0
36Loan interviewers and clerks1,010$25,1704.2
38First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers990$45,3101.4
39Landscaping and groundskeeping workers980$19,6100.8
40Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses970$30,2901.1
41Automotive service technicians and mechanics960$32,6201.1
42Maintenance and repair workers, general940$26,0350.6
43Billing and posting clerks and machine operators930$22,6301.4
44Residential advisors870$20,03517.7
45Insurance claims and policy processing clerks850$23,3703.1
49Computer support specialists770$30,7151.1
50Parts salespersons760$27,0102.7
51Loan officers760$41,6651.7
52Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists720$23,7651.6
53First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers700$49,5951.2
54Counter and rental clerks690$18,5001.1
55Cooks, institution and cafeteria680$20,6001.5
56Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks670$16,0652.8
57First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers670$42,7550.8
58Insurance sales agents660$45,0551.7
59Driver/sales workers660$25,2151.3
60Medical assistants650$24,2951.3
61Child, family, and school social workers640$31,0502.1
62Cleaners of vehicles and equipment630$15,8901.4
63Management analysts610$70,9201.0
64Security guards610$21,5100.4
65Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products570$59,6701.2
66First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers560$63,4401.4
67Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters540$22,9154.0
68Cement masons and concrete finishers540$23,7902.1
69Network and computer systems administrators540$47,1151.4
70Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop540$14,7551.2
71Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers520$37,2201.7
72Personal and home care aides520$18,1150.8
73Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators510$32,1801.2
74Radiologic technologists and technicians480$41,2202.1
75Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks480$24,7150.5
76Industrial truck and tractor operators470$24,8700.6
77Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists460$32,8201.5
78Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers460$27,7351.2
79Property, real estate, and community association managers450$28,9552.2
80Medical records and health information technicians440$28,4002.2
81Cooks, short order440$16,7152.0
82Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists440$39,8851.8
83Laundry and dry-cleaning workers440$17,5301.6
84Elementary school teachers, except special education430$38,7800.3
86Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters420$36,6050.8
87Financial managers420$83,9750.6
88Pharmacy technicians400$25,1101.2
89Computer programmers400$47,2250.7
90Medical transcriptionists380$27,2003.7
91Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors380$20,5451.5
92Production, planning, and expediting clerks380$29,5301.0
93Painters, construction and maintenance370$28,4151.1
94Postal service mail carriers370$44,4700.8
95Computer systems analysts370$58,6700.5
96Drywall and ceiling tile installers360$29,5152.2
97Chief executives360$133,4250.8
98Printing machine operators350$26,4701.4
99Network systems and data communications analysts350$44,6551.4
100Food service managers340$41,9951.3


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