Where Will the Jobs Be?

Montana Job Projections 2016-2026

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry develops occupational job projections that predict which jobs are likely to be in demand in the future. The report includes information on current job levels, projected job levels, projected annual openings, median wages, and educational requirements.

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20 fastest growing occupations

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics fastest growing occupations: 20 occupations with the highest percent change of employment between 2014-24.


% Employment Change  
Solar photovoltaic installers 105
Wind turbine service technicians 96
Home health aides 47
Personal care aides 37
Physician assistants 37
Nurse practitioners 36
Statisticians 33
Physical therapist assistants 31
Software developers, applications 30
Mathematicians 29
Bicycle repairers 29
Physician assistants 29
Medical assistants 29
Physical therapist aides 29
Occupational therapy assistants 29
Information security analysts 28
Genetic counselors 28
Operations research analysts 27
Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists 27
Health specialties teachers, postsecondary 26

Informational Wage Rates by Occupation

Look up median wages and employment numbers for hundreds of Montana occupations. Statewide and regional numbers are included when possible.

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20 occupations with the most new jobs

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Most new jobs: 20 occupations with the highest projected numeric change in employment.


# of new jobs  
Personal care aides 754,000
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 579,900
Registered Nurses 437,000
Home Health Aides 425,600
Software developers, applications 253,400
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 233,000
General and operations managers 205,900
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 200,800
Medical assistants 184,600
Waiters and waitresses 182,500
Nursing assistants 164,000
Construction laborers 153,300
Cooks, restaurant 145,300
Accountants and auditors 140,300
Market research analysts and marketing specialists 136,000
Customer service representatives 136,000
Medical secretaries 129,100
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 123,300
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers 113,800
Maintenance and repair workers, general 112,700