Rapid City, SD (population: 68,063) has one child day care school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Sisseton Wahpeton College has a total student population of 237. It is the 5672nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 25th highest in the state of South Dakota (#1 is Augustana College).
Child Day Care students from Rapid City 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 Rapid City area alone, there are 240 employed child, family, and school social workers earning an average salary of $36,580. Child care workers in this area earn $18,340/yr and there are 430 employed.
Rapid City lies in Pennington county, which is one of the 37 counties in South Dakota. Overall, the Rapid City area has 59,810 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $16.18/hr average worker wage, and a $33,650 average annual salary. Thus, about 7.153 out of every 1000 jobs in Rapid City are held by child care workers, and 4.090/1000 are held by child, family, and school social workers.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Sisseton Wahpeton College ends up costing a student $5,989/yr.
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