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Career and Education Opportunities for Economists 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.

The national trend for economists sees this job pool growing by about 5.8% over the next eight years. Economists generally conduct research, prepare reports, or formulate plans to aid in solution of economic problems arising from production and distribution of goods and services.

The average wage in the general category of Social Sciences jobs is $25 per hour or $52,051 per year in South Dakota, and an average of $33 per hour or $68,239 per year nationwide. People working as economists can fill a number of jobs, such as: business economist, forest economist, and policy analyst.

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 attractions include the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Muum of Natural Hstry, and the Sioux Falls City.

CITIES WITH Economist OPPORTUNITIES IN South Dakota


JOB DESCRIPTION: Economist

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

In general, economists conduct research, prepare reports, or formulate plans to aid in solution of economic problems arising from production and distribution of goods and services. They also may collect and process economic and statistical data using econometric and sampling techniques.

Every day, economists are expected to be able to write clearly and communicate well. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in South Dakota include:

  • Historian. Research, analyze, and interpret the past as recorded in sources, such as government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.
  • Industrial Psychologist. Apply principles of psychology to personnel, administration, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee screening, training and development; and organizational development and analysis. May work with management to reorganize the work setting to improve worker productivity.
  • Market Research Analyst. Research market conditions in local, regional, or national areas to determine potential sales of a product or service. May gather information on competitors, prices, and methods of marketing and distribution. May use survey results to create a marketing campaign based on regional preferences and buying habits.
  • Market Survey Representative. Design or conduct surveys. May supervise interviewers who conduct the survey in person or over the telephone. May present survey results to client.
  • School Psychologist. Investigate processes of learning and teaching and develop psychological principles and techniques applicable to educational problems.

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.