South Dakota’s major telecommunications providers responded quickly to higher demands for business lines and more sophisticated technology. This high level of technology combined with low prices for electricity and a low cost of living have helped the IT industry to flourish in South Dakota.
For instance, a study by The Body Company, Inc., found that for the 2008 planning period, Sioux Falls was the least expensive place in the country to locate a data center. Not surprisingly, Sioux Falls has three data centers that provide jobs for IT professionals. They are:
- CoSentry Sioux Falls East
- CoSentry Sioux Falls West
- Dataware, LLC
In addition to the over 180 IT companies located in South Dakota, network security analysts find careers in virtually every organization that operates using computer systems. The five largest employers in South Dakota encompass a breadth of industries and are as follows:
- Citibank South Dakota NA
- Ellsworth Air Force Base
- IBP Hog Market Inc.
- Rapid City Regional Hospital
- Sanford USD Medical Center
Network Security Salary Expectations in South Dakota
The mean annual salary for network security analysts in South Dakota is $63,640. The mean annual salary data for selected cities in South Carolina is listed below:
- Sioux Falls – $61,300
- Rapid City – $67,870