Workforce

Highly Educated & Diverse Pipeline

With South Dakota State University graduating 2500 students each year and businesses hiring both skilled labor and professional positions, the Brookings region's workforce is diverse and constantly growing. From machinists to microbiologists, opportunities exist in every field.

26% population increase since 2005

Added nearly 1,000 jobs in the last 5 years

96.3% of residents have a high school diploma

45.8% of residents 25 and over have a bachelors' degree

 Median age of residents - 24.3

Major Employers

Company & Total Brookings Employees

  • South Dakota State University - 3973
  • Daktronics - 1329
  • 3M - 1156
  • Walmart - 538
  • Brookings Health System - 496
  • Brookings School District - 492
  • Hy-Vee Food Store - 450
  • Larson Manufacturing - 448
  • Aramark - 384
  • Swiftel Center - 355
  • Twin City Fan - 352
  • City of Brookings - 300
  • Fishback Financial Corporation - 279
  • Bel Brands - 265
  • Brookings Municipal Utilities - 186
  • Boys and Girls Club - 180
  • Avera Brookings Medical Clinic - 164
  • Lowe's - 153
  • Advance - 132
  • Falcon Plastics - 123
  • Brookings County - 116
  • United Living Community - 105

Employer Resources

  • Job Postings - List your job openings for free on www.liveinbrookings.com!
  • Dakota Seeds - Internship grant opportunities to build a pipeline of well-qualified employees.

Brookings Economic Development Corporation
2301 Research Park Way, Suite 113
Brookings, SD 57006
(605) 697-8103  |  bedc@brookingsedc.com