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Old 08-12-2010, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Lacey, WA
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Hello! I'm looking for some advice on which career path I should chose while living in MT.

My husband and I will be moving to MT in a couple of years. He will be attending college at UofM, probably for biology. My husband is from MT (Libby) and keeps going on about how much he misses home. We are in Savannah, GA right now because he is in the army. I'm from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and just came to GA a year and a half ago. I'm really looking forward to leaving this place (I really dislike it).

I'm looking for some advice as to what sort of career I should focus on. I'm 28 with a business management associate's degree but it never really got me anywhere. I want to go back to college in something that I can take with me to MT. What is the biggest work sector in MT? I'm really open to anything.
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Old 08-13-2010, 08:53 AM
 
Location: In The Outland
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You have an opportunity that many don't ever get. You can decide what you like to do then do it for a living anywhere you like be it in Libby or anywhere else. If you were single and arriving with five kids and zero skills you would have a very rough time of it.
Keep in mind that many move here and have to settle for some really low paying lousy job and work their way into a better situation. Some get stuck here with no way to go back home. (those types don't do well anywhere)
You will be fine and Libby is a good place with nice folks.
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Old 08-13-2010, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Lacey, WA
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Would this article be accurate?
Top 10 Hot Jobs in Missoula, Montana
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Old 08-13-2010, 03:52 PM
 
Location: State of General Disarray
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Hi Melissa,

Missoula, or any town in Montana, is going to be much smaller than Savannah and much, MUCH smaller than Ottawa, so the job market in general is going to be narrower than you're used to. A degree won't necessarily get you an advantage here because there simply are not that many "good" jobs to be found.

I would say (I'm guessing here) the two biggest industries in MT are tourism and agriculture, with healthcare not far behind. Missoula itself is primarily (and increasingly) a service economy with jobs in hotels, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, casinos (), social services, customer service, and healthcare.

Oh, and about that link: Unfortunately, I think that article was not only overly optimistic, but also written by someone who has never visited Missoula.

Missoula's great, don't get me wrong; there are a lot of things to like about being here, but the job market isn't one of them.
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Old 08-13-2010, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Lacey, WA
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Ok, so should we move to another state for schooling and living and forget about Montana? Montana is my husband's home.
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Old 08-13-2010, 05:37 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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No.

If he is going to school than UofM is a good school. And check out the ads in The Missoulian (local paper in Missoula) - I think you will find the better paying jobs are in the healthcare field. I think both St. Pat's Hospital and Community Hospital are both ranked in the "best" hospital catagory in the state. They serve most of western Montana. And you can always take your healthcare training (whatever it is) to any community.
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Old 08-13-2010, 05:54 PM
 
Location: State of General Disarray
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Well, I wouldn't make a decision based solely on stuff I read on the Internet, that's for sure. Have you visited, or will you be able to, before you move? Come out, look around, get a feel for things. What you ultimately do is up to you and your husband. It's beautiful here, and as rickers said, you're fortunate to have the option to decide where you're going to live. Even if you end up coming here for school it will be a new experience, and afterwards you can always go elsewhere.

Here is some further information on the job market and projected job growth in Montana:

http://www.ourfactsyourfuture.org/ad..._Proj_2016.pdf

And this will give you an idea of what's currently available in Missoula:

Missoula Job Service Home Page

FWIW, If my BF and I had read all this negative stuff before we moved a few years ago, we still would have come.
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Old 08-13-2010, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Lacey, WA
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Thanks for the info. I'm definitely taking what I read online with a grain of salt. I really just want to know if I should focus on something specific in school for living in MT. The more I think of it though, I think I'm going to get my RN and I guess that is useful everywhere!
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:59 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Seems to me that Accounting and Insurance are steady employers and you could use your degree.
Good luck and keep posting.
Don't consider nursing unless you have spent some time as an aid. A good cheap way to see if it is for you!
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Old 08-13-2010, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Lacey, WA
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Seems to me that Accounting and Insurance are steady employers and you could use your degree.
Good luck and keep posting.
Don't consider nursing unless you have spent some time as an aid. A good cheap way to see if it is for you!
There are two courses I can take here in Savannah I was considering. PCT and LPN. The only thing is that the LPN is 24 months and we will be leaving June 2012, so there's not enough time for that.
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