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Career and Education Opportunities for Legal Assistants 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 biggest city is Sioux Falls.

About 380 people are currently employed as legal assistants in South Dakota. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 26% to about 480 people employed. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for legal assistants are expected to grow by about 28.1%. Legal assistants generally assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts, or preparing legal documents.

A person working as a legal assistant can expect to earn about $18 hourly or $38,710 yearly on average in South Dakota and about $22 hourly or $46,120 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for legal assistants are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Administration and Support in South Dakota and better than general Administration and Support category earnings nationally. People working as legal assistants can fill a number of jobs, such as: litigation paralegal, corporate paralegal, and judicial assistant.

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 attractions include the Old Courthouse Museum, the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Muum of Natural Hstry, and the Minnehaha County.

CITIES WITH Legal Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN South Dakota


JOB DESCRIPTION: Legal Assistant

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

In general, legal assistants assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts, or preparing legal documents. They also conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.

Every day, legal assistants are expected to be able to read and understand documents and reports. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they see details at a very fine level of focus.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in South Dakota include:

  • Court Reporter. Use verbatim methods and equipment to capture, store, and transcribe pretrial and trial proceedings or other information. Includes stenocaptioners who operate computerized stenographic captioning equipment to provide captions of live or prerecorded broadcasts for hearing-impaired viewers.
  • Title Examiner. Search real estate records, examine titles, or summarize pertinent legal or insurance details for a variety of purposes. May compile lists of mortgages, contracts, and other instruments pertaining to titles by searching public and private records for law firms, real estate agencies, or title insurance companies.

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.