Brookings, SD has two child day care schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Sioux Falls, the highest ranked school in this group with a child day care program, has a total student population of 1,570. It is the 3155th highest ranked school in the USA and the 12th highest in the state of South Dakota (#1 is Augustana College).
Child Day Care students from Brookings schools who go on to become day care specialists, social workers, nannies, day care professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 595,650 people working as child care workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $20,940. Also, Child, family, and school social workers make on average $43,540 per year and there are about 277,670 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 330 employed child, family, and school social workers earning an average salary of $34,860. Child care workers in this area earn $17,200/yr and there are 490 employed.
Brookings lies in Brookings county, which is one of the 37 counties in South Dakota. Overall, the Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area has 123,140 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $15.15/hr average worker wage, and a $31,510 average annual salary. Thus, about 3.970 out of every 1000 jobs in Brookings are held by child care workers, and 2.676/1000 are held by child, family, and school social workers.
Of the 2 child day care schools with a 100-mile radius of Brookings, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Sioux Falls comes out as the most expensive ($19,361/yr) for child day care students, with Minnesota West Community and Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $9,264/yr.