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Career and Education Opportunities for Auto Mechanics 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 most populous city is Sioux Falls.

There are currently 2,800 jobs for auto mechanics in South Dakota and this is projected to grow by 9% to 3,050 jobs by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for auto mechanics are expected to grow by about 4.7%. In general, auto mechanics repair automobiles, trucks, and other vehicles.

The income of an auto mechanic is about $14 per hour or $30,770 yearly on average in South Dakota. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $16 per hour or $35,100 annually on average. Incomes for auto mechanics are better than in the overall category of Automotive in South Dakota, and better than the overall Automotive category nationally.

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. 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 Deals Publications Inc, the Old Courthouse Museum, and the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Muum of Natural Hstry.

CITIES WITH Auto Mechanic OPPORTUNITIES IN South Dakota


JOB DESCRIPTION: Auto Mechanic

In general, auto mechanics repair automobiles, trucks, and other vehicles. They also master mechanics repair virtually any part on the vehicle or specialize in the transmission system.

Every day, auto mechanics are expected to be able to twist and stretch their arms and legs to get work done. They need to maintain precise control of objects and devices through a range of movements. It is also important that they visualize how things come together and can be organized.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in South Dakota include:

  • Auto Body Mechanic. Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.
  • Auto Glass Installer. Replace or repair broken windshields and window glass in motor vehicles.

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.