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Career and Education Opportunities for Interpreters in South Dakota

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

There are currently 130 working interpreters in South Dakota; this should grow by 17% to 150 working interpreters in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for interpreters are expected to grow by about 22.2%. In general, interpreters translate or interpret written, oral, or sign language text into another language for others.

Interpreters earn approximately $18 per hour or $37,900 annually on average in South Dakota. Nationally they average about $18 per hour or $38,850 annually. People working as interpreters can fill a number of jobs, such as: bilingual interpreter, per diem interpreter, and technical translator.

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 preceding 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 destinations include the Minnehaha County, the Deals Publications Inc, and the Pettigrew Home & Museum.

CITIES WITH Interpreter OPPORTUNITIES IN South Dakota


JOB DESCRIPTION: Interpreter

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

In general, interpreters translate or interpret written, oral, or sign language text into another language for others.

Every day, interpreters are expected to be able to understand what others are saying to them even in a noisy environment. They need to speak clearly. It is also important that they articulate ideas and problems.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in South Dakota include:

  • Public Relations Specialist. Engage in promoting or creating good will for individuals, groups, or organizations by writing or selecting favorable publicity material and releasing it through various communications media. May prepare and arrange displays, and make speeches.

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.