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Hot Career

Hot Career = High-Demand, Great-Paying Occupation

The South Dakota Department of Labor (DOL) annually produces the list of the Top 30 Hot Careers in South Dakota, which was recently updated in June 2023. The S.D. DOL defines hot careers as those in high demand and with high wages.

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WDTC Can Help You Pave Your Path to a Hot Career

At Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) we offer almost 40 diverse career programs to help prepare you for the career of your choice. We offer programs for almost every occupation on the S.D. Department of Labor Top 30 Hot Careers in South Dakota list! Our career programs have high employment needs and can lead to great-paying careers in two years or less! 

Did you know that WDTC’s placement rate is 99%!* Our college prepares individuals to fill employment needs in the region, now and into the future, and make a good living.

*Ninety-nine percent of Western Dakota Tech's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or are enlisted in the military, per the WDTC 2022 Placement Report. There were 320 respondents out of 342 graduates surveyed. [*Placement information is derived from graduate surveys, faculty-collected data, placement surveys started six months after graduation, and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation. Overall placement rate is figured by: (responding graduates employed, continuing education, or in military service)/(responding graduates who are seeking employment). The number of program graduates are unduplicated by CIP code.]

Take the First Step on Your Path to a Hot Career
  • Check out our career programs, including those listed below and on the June 2023 S.D. Department of Labor Top 30 Hot Careers in South Dakota list. On the Department of Labor page, you will be able to see job availability and the average wage for the Hot Career.
  • Next, call Admissions at (605) 718-2565 or email, so we can provide more information, arrange a tour, help you apply so you can start on your path to a Hot Career.
  • You can also apply directly at Applying to attend Western Dakota Technical College is always free!

Paying for College

Attending college at Western Dakota Technical College is affordable. Financial aid and scholarships, including full-ride Build Dakota Scholarships, are available at Western Dakota Technical College. If you have any questions or would like more information, call the Financial Aid office at (605) 718-2988 or email For scholarship information, email or call either the Scholarships Coordinator at (605) 718-3064 or the Assistant Director of Scholarships at (605) 718-3061. 

Western Dakota Technical College Programs 
(Programs in correlation to S.D. DOL Top 30 Hot Career listing)  
S.D. Top 30 Department of Labor Hot Career Listing
Professional Truck Driving Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers; Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
Registered Nursing Registered Nurses
Business Office ProfessionalBusiness & Technology Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products; First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers; General and Operations Managers; Insurance Sales Agents; and Parts Salespersons.
Construction Technology Carpenters; Maintenance and Repair Workers, General; First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades & Extraction Workers
Accounting Accountants and Auditors
Welding and Fabrication Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
Electrical Trades
Electricians; Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
Automotive Technology Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Plumbing Technology Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters; Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
Business - Hospitality Food Service Managers
Bookkeeping Loan Interviewers and Clerks; Loan Managers
View all of Western Dakota Technical College’s Career Programs.

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