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Emergency: Career and Education Opportunities in South Dakota

Emergency: Emergency care workers are the first line of medical defense for people who have injuries or unexpected medical crises. Working both in the field and emergency rooms, they are often called upon to provide life saving services under demanding conditions.

South Dakota
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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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Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technicians assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Emergency Medical Technicians need to think through complex problems and develop a critical analysis of the situation and possible solutions. They also need to speak clearly and communicate with others.