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High Demand Finance and Service Jobs in Montana

Updated on August 22, 2018
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Lake McDonald: Largest lake in Glacier National Park
Lake McDonald: Largest lake in Glacier National Park | Source

Great Neighbor of Canada

The State of Montana is located just south of Alberta and Saskatchewan Provinces, from where raw materials like oil tar sands originate and travel through the Montana region southward to Texas. This is accomplished by heavy truck freight; and oil pipelines that are more controversial.

From 2010 through 2017, additional pipelines were proposed and their construction begun, but building was interrupted several times by environmentalists, Native North Americans, and various other protest groups. Some oil pipelines have leaked and fouled water supplies, like the December 2016 leak near the Standing Rock Reservation.

Western Montana Historic Natural Places

Western Montana is covered by national forests, national parks, and the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, all important to travel and tourism, as well as oil and gas operations.

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Montana bison. A herd moved to Alberta, Canada in 1870 and their descendants were brought back to the Blackfeet Nation in 2016.Horse ranching in Montana.Chief CliffBighorn ram
Montana bison. A herd moved to Alberta, Canada in 1870 and their descendants were brought back to the Blackfeet Nation in 2016.
Montana bison. A herd moved to Alberta, Canada in 1870 and their descendants were brought back to the Blackfeet Nation in 2016. | Source
Horse ranching in Montana.
Horse ranching in Montana. | Source
Chief Cliff
Chief Cliff | Source
Bighorn ram
Bighorn ram | Source

Employment and Industry Trends

The most highly in-demand new workers are found in a group of 20 different job titles that are most often advertised in Montana.

These job advertised most often are the fastest growing in the career fields of

  1. Social & Human Services,
  2. Healthcare
  3. Accommodations, Travel and Tourism
  4. Education
  5. Insurance and Finance: Including the famous Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a top employer).

Major Market Products and Services

Manufacturing/Made In America: The Blackfeet Indian Nation is successful in manufacturing as well as a number of other industries in Montana, adding to the number of Made In America products available in the United States.

Big Data: IT database administrators, programmers, and engineers are needed in social and human service capacities, especially related to databases and data analysis that is used to justify new grants and continuing grant funding for various projects and the operation of important community based organizations (CBOs).

IT is also important to education and healthcare functions, and especially important to the insurance industry. Insurance companies need IT professionals in personnel and payroll, and several other departments, including those that deal with statistics related to life insurance, health insurance, major medical insurance, group insurance, rehabilitation programs and others.

Jobs Consistently in Highest Demand

  1. Albertsons and Safeway Stores: Groceries, home & beauty, other retail
  2. Town Pump, Inc. and Holiday Stationstores, Inc: Convenience and gas stores
  3. Casual Dining: Pizza Hut, McDonalds,
  4. Kalispell Regional Medical Center: All positions
  5. Shopko: Retail and healthcare products
  6. Montana State University: Faculty and staff positions
  7. Bozeman Deaconess Hospital: All positions
  8. State of Montana: Government jobs
  9. Blackfeet Reservation and Bison Preserve: Dozens of oil leases and many other businesses.
  10. Billings Montana Clinic: Healthcare

Yellowstone National Park: Wyoming, Montana, Idaho
Yellowstone National Park: Wyoming, Montana, Idaho | Source

Top 10 Industry Growth Sectors to AD 2025

  1. Healthcare
  2. Construction and Trades
  3. Accommodations and Food Service
  4. Retail Sales
  5. Professional and Technical Services
  6. Environmental: Administration and Waste, Recycling
  7. Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation
  8. Finance and Insurance
  9. Local Government
  10. Transportation: Commercial and Passenger

Largest Healthcare Employers

Barrett Hospital in Dillon

Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls

Billings Clinic

Blue Cross - Blue Shield of Montana

Bozeman Deaconess Hospital

Central Montana Medical Clinic in Livingston

Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains

Colstrip Medical Center

Community Medical Center in Missoula

Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City

Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell

Marcus Daly Hospital in Hamilton

Northern Montana Hospital in Havre

Highest Demand Occupations

  1. Registered Nurses: Median annual pay was $60,720 in 2015
  2. General and Operations Managers
  3. Accountants and Auditors, including Forensics
  4. Mainstream Elementary School Teachers
  5. Mainstream High School Teachers
  6. Lawyers
  7. Substitute Teachers
  8. Business Operations Specialists
  9. Physical Therapists: Median annual pay $73,080 in 2015
  10. Mainstream Middle School Teachers

High Demand Jobs With Only Short-Term Training

  1. Certified Nursing Assistants
  2. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  3. Automotive Service Technicians & Mechanics
  4. LPNs and LVNs
  5. Teaching Assistants
  6. Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
  7. Forest and Conservation Technicians
  8. Computer User Support Specialists: Help Desk and Other
  9. Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
  10. Medical Assistants

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Glacier National Park in Montana.Ice fishing in Montana winters.
Glacier National Park in Montana.
Glacier National Park in Montana. | Source
Ice fishing in Montana winters.
Ice fishing in Montana winters.

Green Industries and Sustainable Businesses

Businesses, jobs, and careers developed through recycling and renewable or sustainable energy resources offer not only the new "green collar" jobs, but positions in IT, education, and other lines of endeavor. Green industry and alternative energy offer increasing numbers of jobs every year.

Many of Montana's largest employers specialize in the fields of Healthcare or Insurance.

Another 4 of the state's largest employers are Native American companies or agencies. The remaining 4 largest employers in Montana are a US Air Force Base, a major university, a large tourist resort, and a large mining company.

All of these companies together employ thousands of people each year and are expanding to offer additional jobs and opportunities for advancement.

Energy and Green Jobs

A government-sponsored energy initiative has been opening new types of job at Montana Rebuild for several years since 2005 under the George W. Bush administration.

An initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy to examine and develop renewable energy sources, Montana Rebuild is known as a State Energy Program or SEP.

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) joined public buildings, schools, local government facilities, and multi-family dwellings to target energy efficiency for better living, along with renewable energy sources for clean, affordable energy. DEQ partners with Montana Rebuild to enhance energy efficiency in Montana schools and government buildings.

Alternative energy projects providing clean energy and increasing numbers of jobs include the following types in the state of Montana:

  • Biomass/Biofuels
  • Solar/Geothermal
  • Wind

Tribal Industries

  • Blackfeet Indian Writing Company: Manufacturing, sales, and fundraising.
  • Blackfeet Nation government: Government and tourism jobs.
  • Blackfeet oil and gas operations, sustainable energy initiatives.
  • Many other businesses on and off the reservation.

Made In America
Made In America | Source

Additional Environmental Jobs

  • Montana jobs related to the environment and green industries, including renewable energy, can be found by using an interactive map at:
  • Montana DEQ are listed at the following
  • Montana Green Power updates:

Blackfeet Reservation and Bison Preserve

  • Notice how large the Blackfeet Reservation is, covering all of the area in the darker beige shade east of Glacier National Park on the accompanying map. Pow Wows and other events draw patrons in the accommodations, retail, and related industries.

Blackfeet Accommodations and Tourism

  • The prime source of commercial income in the Blackfeet Indian Reservation is Oil and Natural Gas in leases on the oil fields across tribal lands. Blackfeet Nation has over 17,000 members.

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Blackfeet warriors metal statues at Glacier National Park.Six Blackfeet Chiefs painted by Paul Kane (1810 - 1871)See links to Niitsitapi Blackfeet Tribe below.
Blackfeet warriors metal statues at Glacier National Park.
Blackfeet warriors metal statues at Glacier National Park. | Source
Six Blackfeet Chiefs painted by Paul Kane (1810 - 1871)
Six Blackfeet Chiefs painted by Paul Kane (1810 - 1871) | Source
See links to Niitsitapi Blackfeet Tribe below.
See links to Niitsitapi Blackfeet Tribe below. | Source
Blackfeet Reservation:
Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Blackfeet, MT, USA

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Blackfeet Reservation and Bison Preserve

Glacier National Park:
Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

get directions

Chief Cliff:
Chief Cliff, Montana 59929, USA

get directions

Located in Flathead Valley, this is vital to Kootenai Nation's creation stories, and tourism industry.

Sports Related Job Opportunities in Montana

College and High School

League Teams

  • Billings Mustangs (A): Billings
  • Bozeman IceDogs (AWHL): Bozeman
  • Butte Copper Kings (A): Butte
  • Great Falls Americans (AWHL): Great Falls
  • Missoula Osprey (A): Missoula

Arenas and Stadiums

  • Alumni Coliseum: Located in Butte, Montana

Higher Education in Montana

Montana State University

  • Bozeman
  • Billings
  • Harve
  • Great Falls (Technology).

University of Montana, HQ in Missoula, Montana:

  • Montana Tech: Butte
  • University of Montana Western: Dillon
  • U of M College of Technology: Missoula
  • U of M College of Technology: Helena


  • Blackfeet Nation. www. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  • job listings June - August 2018.
  • Montana Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  • Montana WIA Offices/Workforce Innovation Retrieved August 14, 2018.

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