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Visual Communications Schools In South Dakota

In South Dakota, there are 3 accredited schools where visual communications classes faculty can find employment. Below are statistics and other relevant data to help analyze the state of visual communications and visual communications training in South Dakota, which includes visual communications training at the following levels:


  1. Black Hills State University

    1200 University St, Spearfish, South Dakota 57799-9500

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  2. Northern State University

    1200 S Jay St, Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401-7198

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  3. South Dakota State University

    Administration Lane, Brookings, South Dakota 57007-1898

    194 U.S. News National University Ranking



Professional Trends

South Dakota Vs. National Visual Communications Employment

South Dakota 610
National 270,000

Of all of the visual communications professionals in the country, nearly 0% are in the state of South Dakota.

Employment Growth for Visual communications professionals In South Dakota

420 570 610 610 610
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

Visual Communications is a growing field in South Dakota. In South Dakota, 190 more visual communications professionals were working in 2010, than there were in 2006. Thus, in South Dakota, this field has grown by 45% in four years. This growth is faster than the national trend for visual communications professionals which shows a 4% increase in the number of visual communications professionals working around the nation.

Visual Communications VS. All Professions salaries in South Dakota

$31,940 $28,567 $29,815 $31,490 $32,380
$38,163 $39,417 $40,567 $40,767 $40,691
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Visual Communications
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

In South Dakota, as the number of visual communications professionals is growing, the salaries earned by visual communications professionals are increasing. Visual communications professionals earned a yearly mean salary of $31,940 in 2006. They earned a yearly mean salary of $32,380 in 2010.

Salary percentiles for Visual communications professionals in South Dakota

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25th percentile
50th percentile
75th percentile
90th percentile

Thus, there was a 1% growth in visual communications professionals' salaries. This growth is mirrored by state trends for all professionals. There is a 69% pay differential between the highest paid visual communications professionals and those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket. Thus, there is huge variation in pay, within the field of visual communications in South Dakota.

Average Salaries for Visual communications professionals and related professions in South Dakota

Computer Animation
Graphic Design
Industrial Design
Interior Design
Visual Communications
Web Design

In South Dakota, visual communications professionals make, on average, less than their counterparts in related professions.

Educational Trends

Visual Communications programs available for each degree type for all schools in South Dakota


The number of students graduating from the 3 accredited visual communications schools in South Dakota is decreasing. In 2006, 20 students graduated from visual communications courses in South Dakota. And in 2010, 19 students graduated.

There was a decrease in the number of visual communications school degree or certificate graduates in South Dakota by 5%. A majority of these graduates, or 67%, graduated with an bachelor's degree in visual communications.

Visual Communications Faculty Salaries in South Dakota

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