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South Dakota is home to more than just Mount Rushmore; those looking to find work in the health care professions can find numerous opportunities as well. With shortages of nursing assistants both nation and state wide, those in the market for a new career as a nursing assistant or planning to continue an existing career will find the resources and opportunities necessary to do so.

Paying for any kind of educational program can get expensive fast, and nursing assistant certification programs can sometimes cost a pretty penny too. Resourceful students will find that there are many potential places to look for funding many at the state and local level. One often overlooked source is hospitals and nursing homes themselves, who sometimes offer free or low cost classes to students who are willing to work for them after certification. If that doesn’t sound like something you’d be interested in you can always look to local businesses and organizations to see if any would offer scholarships or grants to someone looking to work in the health care profession.

While many wouldn’t think of South Dakota as a particularly job rich place to live, the reality is that the job market for nursing assistants is quite good. Opportunities for nursing assistants in the state should only continue to grow throughout the next few years making it a fairly secure career to pursue. Jobs can be found in hospitals, nursing homes, home health care and other medical facilities and those willing to be flexible about the kind of work they do may have an easier time finding initial employment.

Because the cost of living in South Dakota is very low, salaries for nursing assistants are accordingly low as well. The average annual income for most nursing assistants is between $17,000 and $28,000. Of course, your personal salary will be based on your experience, the city you choose to work in and the type of facility hiring you and can vary beyond the bounds of this estimate. It’s almost important to note that some jobs may provide employment benefits like health care and retirement funds that are not included in this average.

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