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Career and Education Opportunities for Sports Trainers 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 largest city is Sioux Falls.

Currently, ninety people work as sports trainers in South Dakota. This is expected to grow by 18% to 110 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for sports trainers, which sees this job pool growing by about 37.0% over the next eight years. Sports trainers generally evaluate, advise, and treat athletes to assist recovery from injury, avoid injury, or maintain peak physical fitness.

The average wage in the general category of Athletic and Occupational jobs is $46 per hour or $86,183 per year in South Dakota, and an average of $44 per hour or $84,458 per year nationwide. Earnings for sports trainers are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Athletic and Occupational in South Dakota and not quite as good as general Athletic and Occupational category earnings nationally. Jobs in this field include: sports medicine trainer, resident athletic trainer, and sports athletic trainer.

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. Approximately 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 Adventurepark, the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Muum of Natural Hstry, and the Sioux Falls City.

CITIES WITH Sports Trainer OPPORTUNITIES IN South Dakota


JOB DESCRIPTION: Sports Trainer

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

In general, sports trainers evaluate, advise, and treat athletes to assist recovery from injury, avoid injury, or maintain peak physical fitness.

Every day, sports trainers are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they piece together evidence to, in some sense, diagnose what is going on in a situation.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in South Dakota include:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse. Care for ill, injured, or disabled persons in hospitals, nursing homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.

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.