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Career and Education Opportunities for Photographers in South Dakota

South Dakota has a population of 812,383, which has grown by 7.62% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Mount Rushmore State," its capital is Pierre, though its biggest city is Sioux Falls.

About 310 people are currently employed as photographers in South Dakota. By 2016, this is expected to grow 3% to about 320 people employed. This is not quite as good as the national trend for photographers, which sees this job pool growing by about 11.5% over the next eight years. In general, photographers photograph persons, subjects, or other commercial products.

Income for photographers is about $12 per hour or $25,000 annually on average in South Dakota. Nationally, their income is about $14 per hour or $29,440 yearly. Incomes for photographers are better than in the overall category of Media Technical in South Dakota, and not quite as good as the overall Media Technical category nationally. Jobs in this field include: commercial photographer, photo journalist, and photo editor.

In 2008, there were a total of 566,490 jobs in South Dakota. The average annual income was $38,644 in 2008, up from $36,428 in 2007. The unemployment rate in South Dakota was 4.8% in 2009, which has grown by 1.7% since the previous year. About 21.5% of South Dakota residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in South Dakota include nonstore retailers, gasoline stations with convenience stores, and sign manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, the Adventurepark, and the Sioux Falls City.

CITIES WITH Photographer OPPORTUNITIES IN South Dakota


JOB DESCRIPTION: Photographer

Photographer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, photographers photograph persons, subjects, or other commercial products. They also may develop negatives and produce finished prints.

Every day, photographers are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to visualize how things come together and can be organized. It is also important that they understand events and object details at a distance.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: South Dakota

South Dakota
South Dakota photo by Dean Franklin

South Dakota has a population of 812,383, which has grown by 7.62% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Mount Rushmore State," its capital is Pierre, though its most populous city is Sioux Falls. In 2008, there were a total of 566,490 jobs in South Dakota. The average annual income was $38,644 in 2008, up from $36,428 the previous year. The unemployment rate in South Dakota was 4.8% in 2009, which has grown by 1.7% since the previous year. Roughly 21.5% of South Dakota residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in South Dakota include nonstore retailers, gasoline stations with convenience stores, and sign manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Pettigrew Home & Museum, the Sioux Falls City, and the Old Courthouse Museum.