Placement data for this program will not be available until 2013. However, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is projected that there will be a 12% increase in demand for graduates of a program like this between now and 2018. In South Dakota, that demand is expected to rise as much as 38% as an aging workforce retires (National Data Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections. South Dakota Data Source: DOL Labor Market Information Center, Jan. 2011). The median starting wage for this occupation is $29.79 per hour.