Brookings, SD has two child development schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Sioux Falls, the highest ranked school in this group with a child development 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 Development students from Brookings schools who go on to become child development specialists, child psychologists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 277,670 people working as child, family, and school social workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $43,540. Also, Preschool teachers make on average $27,450 per year and there are about 389,660 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 180 employed preschool teachers earning an average salary of $27,390. Child, family, and school social workers in this area earn $34,860/yr and there are 330 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 2.676 out of every 1000 jobs in Brookings are held by child, family, and school social workers, and 1.493/1000 are held by preschool teachers.
Of the 2 child development 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 development students, with Minnesota West Community and Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $9,264/yr.