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Human Resources: Career and Education Opportunities in South Dakota

Human Resources: Human Resources workers make sure that the human concerns of business are met. They focus on issues of people and how they relate to businesses, making sure that organizations deal with their employees fairly and in accord with the law of the land.

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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.


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Job Training Specialist

Job Training Specialists conduct training and development programs for employees. Job Training Specialists need to make use of strategies for learning about new situations and problems as they arise. They also need to speak clearly and communicate with others.