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Career and Education Opportunities for Medical Assistants 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 850 working medical assistants in South Dakota; this should grow by 39% to about 1,180 working medical assistants in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for medical assistants are expected to grow by about 33.9%. In general, medical assistants perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of physician.

Income for medical assistants is about $12 hourly or $24,970 per year on average in South Dakota. Nationally, their income is about $13 per hour or $28,300 yearly. Medical assistants earn less than people working in the category of Medical and Dental Assistance generally in South Dakota and less than people in the Medical and Dental Assistance category nationally. Jobs in this field include: sterile processing technician, certified phlebotomy technician, and eye technician.

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 Old Courthouse Museum, the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, and the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Muum of Natural Hstry.

CITIES WITH Medical Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN South Dakota


JOB DESCRIPTION: Medical Assistant

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

In general, medical assistants perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of physician. They also administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes.

Every day, medical assistants are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in South Dakota include:

  • Medical Equipment Technician. Prepare, sterilize, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment. May perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment.

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.