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Career and Education Opportunities for Massage Therapists 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 most populous city is Sioux Falls.

About ninety people are currently employed as massage therapists in South Dakota. By 2016, this is expected to grow 33% to about 120 people employed. This is better than the national trend for massage therapists, which sees this job pool growing by about 18.9% over the next eight years. In general, massage therapists massage customers for hygienic or remedial purposes.

Massage therapists earn approximately $17 per hour or $35,650 per year on average in South Dakota. Nationally they average about $16 hourly or $34,900 per year. Compared with people working in the overall category of Physical Therapy, people working as massage therapists in South Dakota earn more. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Physical Therapy nationally. Massage therapists work in a variety of jobs, including: integrated deep tissue massage therapist, therapeutic massage technician, and mechanotherapist.

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 in 2007. The unemployment rate in South Dakota was 4.8% in 2009, which has grown by 1.7% since the previous year. About 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 Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Muum of Natural Hstry.

CITIES WITH Massage Therapist OPPORTUNITIES IN South Dakota


JOB DESCRIPTION: Massage Therapist

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

In general, massage therapists massage customers for hygienic or remedial purposes.

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

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.