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Old 08-06-2013, 04:55 PM
 
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Yes i'm one of those yuppies who wants to move to Montana solely for the beautiful scenery and beautiful landscapes.

Sue me.

I currently live in Arkansas. I'm planning on beginning classes this Winter, but I have no idea what I want to do. Eventually i'd like to make my home in Montana.

So are there any jobs in general that are on high demand in Montana?
Any help is appreciated.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:09 PM
 
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It comes to mind that Teachers are in High Demand.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:50 PM
 
Location: C-U metro
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Teachers in rural non-pretty districts and on the reservations are in demand. Those positions pay roughly what they pay in rural Arkansas (under 30k/yr). Billings is inundated with applicants every year as District 2 is the highest paying district in the state. Most of the applicants are already in-state and want to remain so for family reasons. Even so, starting pay is less than 40k for the average bachelors only teacher. HS science teachers are on a different playing field and in demand everywhere, not just Montana.

There is a shortage of pharmacists in rural areas of Montana as well. Doctors are hit and miss as some rural areas are good at "growing" a doctor or two that want to move back home. The pretty areas (Bozeman, Missoula, Kalispell) have no shortage of professional people and wages are lower other than MDs. Large animal vets are hard to come by on the high-line (US 2) and Eastern Montana but even dog/cat/bird vets will have a good clientele base in the larger cities like Havre or Great Falls.

If you are coming with just an HS or liberal arts college degree w/o a MT teaching certificate, you'll be competing for the second rate retail or sales position with every other out-of-state schlub who wants to move to Montana because it's pretty. There's a reason why a good portion of MSU and UM grads leave the state within 5 years of graduating from the university. Pay and advancement in Montana stink and the state is not interested in fostering entrepreneurs. For engineers like me, an MSU or Mines degree is basically a one-way ticket out of the state unless they are masochists that like working for pay that isn't even half of what the degree is worth in ND, WY, CO, or ID.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:11 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Teachers in rural non-pretty districts and on the reservations are in demand. Those positions pay roughly what they pay in rural Arkansas (under 30k/yr). Billings is inundated with applicants every year as District 2 is the highest paying district in the state. Most of the applicants are already in-state and want to remain so for family reasons. Even so, starting pay is less than 40k for the average bachelors only teacher. HS science teachers are on a different playing field and in demand everywhere, not just Montana.

There is a shortage of pharmacists in rural areas of Montana as well. Doctors are hit and miss as some rural areas are good at "growing" a doctor or two that want to move back home. The pretty areas (Bozeman, Missoula, Kalispell) have no shortage of professional people and wages are lower other than MDs. Large animal vets are hard to come by on the high-line (US 2) and Eastern Montana but even dog/cat/bird vets will have a good clientele base in the larger cities like Havre or Great Falls.

If you are coming with just an HS or liberal arts college degree w/o a MT teaching certificate, you'll be competing for the second rate retail or sales position with every other out-of-state schlub who wants to move to Montana because it's pretty. There's a reason why a good portion of MSU and UM grads leave the state within 5 years of graduating from the university. Pay and advancement in Montana stink and the state is not interested in fostering entrepreneurs. For engineers like me, an MSU or Mines degree is basically a one-way ticket out of the state unless they are masochists that like working for pay that isn't even half of what the degree is worth in ND, WY, CO, or ID.
This has been summed up pretty well. The wages suck and the cost of living is high. You can't eat the pretty scenery and it won't pay your bills. If you still want to move to Montana do your research and make sure you can make a living.
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:05 AM
 
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My suggestion is to further your education in a field you like and have aptitude for. If you toss out several considered career options for discussion, I could give you an idea of the potential in Montana.
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