Career Resources

Many organizations work hard to provide you with the best career information, data and resources possible. The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulations (DLR) offers several career and occupational resources. Click on the resources below to have a reality check, learn more about South Dakota's targeted careers and much more.


Reality Check

After you finish school, you will need to work to pay for housing, food, clothes, transportation, and other items. Find out how much money you will need to earn to cover your expenses. Then find out which occupations will support this lifestyle through the Department of Labor and Regulation's Reality Check.

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South Dakota Career Interest Survey

The South Dakota Career Interest Survey (SDCIS) is a career interest survey to help individuals identify occupations that may of interest to them. The SDCIS is available in Microsoft Excel format and will automatically tally responses and identify the individual's scores of each of the six career interest areas based on John Holland's career development model.

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Hot Careers Occupational Profiles

The Labor Market Information Center (LMIC) considers Hot Careers to high demand-high wage occupations. The LMIC has created Occupational profile posters for each Hot Career. The profiles include a job description, work interest areas, work values, abilities, basic skills needed, education and training needed, preferred levels for the National Career Readiness Certificate, industries where workers are employed, and employment and wage data.

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StartTodaySD Apprenticeship Program

Registered Apprentices get on-the-job training from a qualified worker in their field of choice while earning a paycheck. Opportunities are available in thousands of industries — from construction and commercial trades to the healthcare and service industries.

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Dakota Roots

Dakota Roots joins citizens, business leaders, and state government in a successful, on-going initiative to grow the South Dakota workforce.

This is not a typical job search website. Dakota Roots will match participants with career openings available from the state's leading businesses.

Participants will be notified when openings are appropriate to their skill sets. If interested, the participants can pursue the openings directly with the business or utilize staff assistance.

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You Can Live in South Dakota

Why die on Mars when you can live in South Dakota? The Governor's Office of Economic Development offers this great site which details why South Dakota is a great place to live, work and play.

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