Psychology Degrees, Schools, and Careers in South Dakota
It’s true, South Dakota doesn't strike the average observer as a bountiful land of postsecondary education and they have a right to be skeptical. South Dakota doesn't have nearly as college choices as the rest of the country, and the numbers on psychology education aren't much better. But a small set of choices and a limited number of psychology degrees being offered doesn't mean that students can’t get a quality psychology education at the undergraduate or graduate level in South Dakota. There are just 25 degree-granting institutions across the state, but there is a good range of public and private schools offering everything from associate’s degrees to doctoral degrees in South Dakota. Also, only 219 bachelor’s degrees were awarded in South Dakota in the 2009-10 school year and only another 88 master’s degrees were awarded in the subject that same year.
There are plenty psychology specialties that are available to you when opting to pursue your psychology degree in South Dakota. Associate’s degrees and bachelor’s degrees are fairly straightforward, but you can specialize in disaster psychology at the University of South Dakota. But if you are looking to continue your studies at the graduate level, you can choose from any number of different types of graduate degrees. These include clinical psychology, educational psychology, and applied psychology.
Just remember to have an idea of the career path within psychology you wish to follow because, like other states, South Dakota psychology licensure requirements are strict and ensure that those applying for a psychology license in the state are well-qualified in terms of both education and hands-on working experience.
There are a number of schools in South Dakota that offer degree programs in psychology, and several of these are top notch. The aforementioned University of South Dakota is the only place a student can earn a doctoral degree is the state. But South Dakota State University and Augustana University both offer graduate degree programs in psychology and schools like the University of Sioux Falls and Northern State University offer bachelor’s degrees in psychology. You can even get an associate’s degree in psychology from Killian Community College in Sioux Falls.
Online Psychology Schools & Degrees in South Dakota
Students interested in online psychology education in South Dakota will be disappointed to learn that out of the state-specific schools in South Dakota that offer psychology education, only the University of South Dakota offers fully online psychology education and that is only a certificate in disaster mental health. The rest of the state-specific schools have not yet begun to offer online psychology education but that does not mean that students in South Dakota only have one option when it comes to earning a psychology degree online. There are a number of national, for-profit, online psychology education providers that serve South Dakota students and have been operating in the area for a long time.
If you are looking for a doctoral degree in psychology online, Walden University, Capella University, and Northcentral University are just three of the online psychology degree providers who offer fully online doctoral degrees in a variety of psychology specialties and subjects. Of course a doctoral degree is not for everyone and there are a number of national online psychology education providers, such as the University of Phoenix, Post University, Grand Canyon University, and the University of Texas-Permian Basin that offer undergraduate degrees in psychology completely online as well and accept students from SD.
Career Opportunities for Psychologists in South Dakota
After seeing the relative lack of options when it comes to psychology schooling and education, it shouldn’t surprise any prospective student to learn that the psychology industry in South Dakota is not very large either. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are at least 230 clinical, school, or counseling psychologists employed within South Dakota’s borders, which is obviously not a lot of opportunity for aspiring psychologists. The good news is that those psychologists make a tidy annual average wage of $68,900, which is more than enough to live comfortably given the cost of living in a rural state like South Dakota.
There is more good news too as the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation estimates that employment of clinical, school, and counseling psychologists will grow 12.8 percent from 2010 to 2020, which is equivalent to approximately 30 new psychologists employed in South Dakota. So while South Dakota may not seem like the ideal place to start your psychology career, it is not the desolate psychology wasteland some might mistakenly think it is.
Psychologist Salary in South Dakota
Table data taken from 2014 BLS (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes193039.htm)
South Dakota Psychology Schools Database
Explore psychology programs and request information from our full list of schools in South Dakota.
2001 S Summit Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57197-0001
Phone: (605) 274-5516
Black Hills State University
1200 University St, Spearfish, SD 57799-9500
Phone: (800) 255-2478
Dakota Wesleyan University
1200 W University Ave, Mitchell, SD 57301-4398
Phone: (605) 995-2600
Mount Marty College
1105 W. 8th Street, Yankton, SD 57078-3724
Phone: (800) 658-4552
Northern State University
1200 S Jay St, Aberdeen, SD 57401-7198
Phone: (605) 626-3011
1500 N Main, Aberdeen, SD 57401-1280
Phone: (605) 225-1634
South Dakota State University
Administration Lane, Brookings, SD 57007-1898
Phone: (800) 952-3541
University of Sioux Falls
1101 W 22nd St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105-1699
Phone: (605) 331-5000
University of South Dakota
414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069-2390
Phone: (605) 677-5301