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Financial: Career and Education Opportunities in South Dakota

Financial: Financial Managers run the banks and investment organizations that are at the core of our economic system. Dealing with the complexities of regulations and customer needs, they keep track of the people who keep our money and credit flowing.

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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.


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Banking Manager

Banking Managers direct and coordinate financial activities of workers in a branch, office, or department of an establishment, such as branch bank, brokerage firm, risk and insurance department, or credit department. Banking Managers need to train others in tasks and process. They also need to manage their own time and the time of others.

Comptrollers direct financial activities, such as planning, procurement, and investments for all or part of an organization. Comptrollers need to manage and maintain budgets and other financial resources. They also need to evaluate and judge the efficacy of solutions.