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Farm and Livestock: Career and Education Opportunities in South Dakota

Farm and Livestock: Farm and Livestock Managers supervise and coordinate activities that are crucial to our food supply. They make sure that the resources are there to support growth and the people are there to assure quality. They are responsible for keeping the country fed.

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.

CITIES WITH Farm and Livestock OPPORTUNITIES IN South Dakota


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Everest University
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CAREERS WITHIN Farm and Livestock

Crop and Livestock Manager

Crop and Livestock Managers direct and coordinate, through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities of workers engaged in agricultural crop production for corporations, cooperatives, or other owners. Crop and Livestock Managers need to manage and maintain budgets and other financial resources. They also need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues.
Farm Rancher

Farm Ranchers, on an ownership or rental basis, operate farms, or other agricultural production establishments which produce crops, horticultural specialties, or animal specialties. Farm Ranchers need to determine which tools and techniques should be applied to solve a problem or deal with a situation. They also need to track and maintain equipment on an ongoing basis.