Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The inability of printing plant managers to secure new employees in South Dakota is becoming a problem. Economic factors, such as the wage scale and working hours, as well as mobility within the labor force, add to this problem. This mobility in the labor force stems from the tendency of the younger worker to seek better working conditions. Adaptability to new jobs may be one cause of the shifting labor force. The lack of a definite procedure for hiring employees results in the hiring of some persons without the aptitude for printing. The printing industry, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, will experience an upward trend in business in the foreseeable future which will increase the problem of hiring qualified employees. In order to secure information relative to the labor picture in the graphic arts industry in South Dakota, the investigator conducted a survey of a segment of the shops in the state. Of the eighty-six plants contacted, 52.2 percent participated in the survey. Those participating included weekly and daily newspapers and commercial printing plants.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Printers -- South Dakota
Printing industry -- Vocational guidance -- South Dakota


Includes bibliographical references



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South Dakota State University