Jody Hibma is a product of the community college system in Minnesota, graduating with an Associate of Science degree from Worthington Community College. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University in Brookings and a Master of Science from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. His graduate degree specialization is reptile and amphibian biology.
Since 1997 he has taught science courses at five colleges in two states and also spent four years in biomedical research at Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.