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Study: Nurses will be in demand in South Dakota

Published:Thursday | August 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM

SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota (AP):A state analysis has concluded that people able to care for patients, children or customers will find a favourable job market in South Dakota in the next decade.

The study by the Department of Labour predicts that the most annual job openings in the state through 2022, on average, will be in the fields of nursing, customer service, and childcare.

"We are definitely a service economy," Mary Medema, director of workforce development for the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, told the Argus Leader.

There will be an average annual demand for 370 registered nurses through 2022, according to the study. There also is expected to be a need for hundreds of other health-care employees, including nursing assistants, pharmacists, and dental hygienists.

The projected need for health-care workers is alarming, South Dakota State University gerontology specialist Leacey Brown told the Capital Journal.

"I am concerned with how we are going to generate these people," she said. "Where are these folks going to come from? Are we going to encourage some of the nurses who are older, but still really healthy, to stay in the workforce longer?"

Brown said the health-care industry might need to consider things such as flexible scheduling.