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Furniture: Career and Education Opportunities in South Dakota

Furniture: Furniture builders do exactly that, build furniture. From wood working to upholstery, they craft the chairs, tables, and couches we depend on.

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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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Cabinet Maker

Cabinet Makers cut, shape, and assemble wooden articles or set up and operate a variety of woodworking machines, such as power saws, jointers, and mortisers to surface, cut, or shape lumber or to fabricate parts for wood products. Cabinet Makers need to train others in tasks and process. They also need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues.
Woodworking Machine Setter and Operator

Woodworking Machine Setter and Operators set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, and wood nailing machines. Woodworking Machine Setter and Operators need to determine which tools and techniques should be applied to solve a problem or deal with a situation. They also need to train others in tasks and process.