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Career and Education Opportunities for Auto Body Painters in South Dakota

South Dakota has a population of 812,383, which has grown by 7.62% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Mount Rushmore State," its capital is Pierre, though its most populous city is Sioux Falls.

There are currently 120 jobs for auto body painters in South Dakota and this is projected to grow 21% to 150 jobs by 2016. This is better than the national trend for auto body painters, which sees this job pool growing by about 0.8% over the next eight years. Auto body painters generally operate or tend painting machines to paint surfaces of transportation equipment, such as automobiles, buses, and airplanes.

The income of an auto body painter is about $14 hourly or $29,510 annually on average in South Dakota. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $17 hourly or $37,150 per year on average. Earnings for auto body painters are better than earnings in the general category of Painting and Coating in South Dakota and better than general Painting and Coating category earnings nationally.

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 preceding 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 destinations include the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, the Pettigrew Home & Museum, and the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Muum of Natural Hstry.

CITIES WITH Auto Body Painter OPPORTUNITIES IN South Dakota


JOB DESCRIPTION: Auto Body Painter

In general, auto body painters operate or tend painting machines to paint surfaces of transportation equipment, such as automobiles, buses, and airplanes.

Every day, auto body painters are expected to be able to distinguish between colors. It is also important that they twist and stretch their arms and legs to get work done.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in South Dakota include:

  • Solderer. Braze or solder together components to assemble fabricated metal parts, using soldering iron, torch, or welding machine and flux.

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.