Montana Careers: Overview of the Fastest Growing Montana (MT) Careers

May 29, 2018

In 2016, Montana had a population of just over one million. In 2018, the state had a labor force of over 525,000, which means that more than half the population were members of the labor force. If you're looking for a job in Montana and want to know what the state's fastest growing careers are, read this article to find out!

Overview of Montana (MT)

Montana first became a territory in 1864 after prospectors found gold in the region. Not long after, in 1889, when railroads were being built in the area, the territory became an official U.S. state. After World War II, the state shifted its financial dependence on mining and natural resources to a more service-based economy, including tourism and agriculture, leading it into the 2000s. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported an average hourly wage of $20.39 for all occupations in the state, as of May 2017. In April 2018, the state had a civilian labor force of 525,000 and an unemployment rate of 4.0%.

Fastest Growing Careers in Montana

These careers can expect the fastest growth in the years from 2014-2024, according to CareerOneStop ( These occupations can expect anywhere from 27% - 50% growth during that decade.

  • Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic
  • Helpers-Roofers
  • Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
  • Helpers-Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Roofers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Physician Assistants

Other Career Opportunities

Don't see anything that suits your fancy? The following are on CareerInfoNet's list of what are predicted to be the top career openings in Montana from 2014-2024. These professions are projected to experience annual job openings between 230 - 820.

  • Cashiers
  • Retail Salespersons
  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  • Waiters and Waitresses
  • Registered Nurses
  • Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
  • Bartenders
  • General Office Clerks
  • Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
  • Restaurant Cooks
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