Rapid City, SD (population: 68,063) has one child development 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 Development students from Rapid City 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 Rapid City area alone, there are 110 employed preschool teachers earning an average salary of $28,120. Child, family, and school social workers in this area earn $36,580/yr and there are 240 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 4.090 out of every 1000 jobs in Rapid City are held by child, family, and school social workers, and 1.874/1000 are held by preschool teachers.
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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