Department of Labor and Regulation

Title - Labor Market Information Center

Targeted Occupations

Because the Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has limited resources, workforce development efforts must concentrate on critical need fields that pay well enough to justify investment in training and education. DLR targeted occupations based on the following:

  • State occupational employment projections to 2020 and occupational wage data available from the Labor Market Information Center (to identify "high wage - high demand" occupations)
  • Current indicators of supply and demand in occupations as indicated by SDWORKS, DLR's online database of job openings and job seekers
  • Employer input regarding worker and skill shortages

The targeted occupations were then grouped together in categories of similar occupations as shown in the Targeted Occupations by Category below.

Targeted Occupations by Category

Occupational Profiles

Current Job Openings in Targeted Occupations

Learn More About the Occupations in Other Resources

Other Online Resources

Print Resources

Targeted Occupations by Category

Accountants and Auditors
Cost Estimators
Financial Analysts
Financial Managers
Loan Officers

Civil Engineers

Information Technology
Computer Support Specialists
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Software Developers, Applications

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
Industrial Machinery Mechanics

Registered Nurses

Family and General Practitioners

Sales Representatives
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, except Technical and Scientific Products
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products

Specialty Trades
Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters

First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers and Repairers
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

Elementary School Teachers, except Special Education
Middle School Teachers, except Special and Career/Technical Education
Secondary School Teachers, except Special and Career/Technical Education
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary School

Truck Drivers
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers

Online Resources

Career Camps website


Print Resources (in Adobe .pdf format unless otherwise noted)

Employment Projections and Wage Estimates for Targeted Occupations

Occupational Profiles: Targeted Occupations

News release: Career Camps Website Launching Today (April 2, 2014)

Targeted Occupations flier





Marcia Hultman, Secretary
123 W. Missouri Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-4505
Tel. 605.773.3101
Fax. 605.773.6184