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Why do I need an MBA in South Dakota?

South Dakota remains a strong agricultural state in the Midwest. Livestock is a primary product in the South Dakota economy and food processing is a primary industry. The Morrell Company in Sioux Falls is one of the state’s leading employers. Others in the business include LSI Inc. in Alpena. Individuals considering MBA programs in South Dakota will find various types of opportunity in this industry.

Sioux Falls is the banking center for South Dakota. The major South Dakota financial employers include the state’s fifth largest: Citibank South Dakota.  Also in Sioux Falls is HSBC Card Services and Wells Fargo, each ranked among the state’s top fifty employers. South Dakota MBA holders specializing in accounting or finance will find a wealth of opportunity in the state.

Premier Bankcard also has two locations in the state. There are multiple opportunities for South Dakota MBA grads who are interested in consumer banking services. Perhaps the most interesting challenge in this market is the remaking of traditional products into consumer offerings with a new “look and feel.”  An MBA can bring innovative marketing campaigns and sales techniques – and most importantly, the creative leadership needed to drive productive team dynamics.

There are some precision manufacturing companies among South Dakota's major employers: 3M manufactures medical instruments in Aberdeen and Sanmina-Sci Corp. produces etched circuit boards in Rapid City. Medium and large businesses are continuing to gravitate to areas of the country where there is room to build custom facilities and where there is a labor force to support their businesses.

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MBA Career Salaries in South Dakota*

  • Financial Analyst salaries in South Dakota :
    • Rapid City - $46,730
    • Sioux Falls - $50,950

  • Human Resource Manager salaries in South Dakota :
    • Rapid City - $69,790
    • Sioux Falls - $74,280

  • Marketing Manager salaries in South Dakota :
    • Sioux Falls - $83,310

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* BLS South Dakota business career mean salary statistics 2005