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RELATIVE POPULARITY

Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in Montana Than Elsewhere

Whether you're looking for a career to pursue, or just want to get a feel for occupations in the state, the table below should be helpful. And we haven't seen anything like it from anyone else.

This table tells us which jobs are more common in Montana, relative to the state population, compared to their popularity in every other US state. A Local Popularity Index of 1.0 matches the average across all US states; higher and lower numbers indicate the job is proportionally more or less popular here.

RankJobMean Local Salary .Local Jobs .Local Popularity Index
1Survey researchers(varies)32021.2
2Logging equipment operators$33,74012018.8
3Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers$57,16042015.1
4Forest and conservation technicians$24,91514013.9
5Clergy$31,2003109.1
6Commercial pilots$44,4301208.2
7Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals$16,6201004.9
8Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood$30,9701204.2
9Surveying and mapping technicians$31,9852503.9
10Bartenders$15,6161,8803.6
11Environmental scientists and specialists, including health$39,8052703.5
12Driver/sales workers$24,8001,2802.9
13Civil engineering technicians$33,2062802.9
14Dentists, general$119,8502402.9
15Social and human service assistants$20,5639402.8
16Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines$36,9903402.8
17Child care workers$16,2961,6802.8
18Helpers--carpenters$23,7302402.6
19Service station attendants$19,8002102.5
20General and operations managers$62,4864,7302.5
21Bus drivers, transit and intercity$28,5152702.2
22Architectural and civil drafters$32,6402502.2
23Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses$30,3761,5402.1
24Kindergarten teachers, except special education$35,3002702.0
25Social and community service managers$40,0402401.9
26Automotive body and related repairers$30,6863301.9
27Insurance sales agents$41,5006201.9
28Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop$14,0031,0401.9
29Surgical technologists$35,6651501.9
30Switchboard operators, including answering service$20,2234101.8
31Carpenters$31,9461,8701.8
32Surveyors$38,7951001.8
33Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer$33,4802,8601.8
34Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products$37,5702701.7
35Advertising sales agents$34,5532901.7
36Parts salespersons$28,1304101.7
37Civil engineers$56,6364601.7
38Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service$19,4252801.7
39Maids and housekeeping cleaners$15,3331,6201.7
40Taxi drivers and chauffeurs$15,7962601.7
41Pharmacists$76,2434301.7
42Billing and posting clerks and machine operators$23,0209701.7
43Cooks, restaurant$17,0231,4601.6
44Aircraft mechanics and service technicians$41,8401501.6
45Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance$29,8363101.6
46Medical transcriptionists$27,5451401.6
47Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive$21,9963,0701.6
48Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks$26,5963,2501.6
49Cleaners of vehicles and equipment$16,2166001.6
50Counter and rental clerks$18,2868201.6
51Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators$34,8035901.6
52Retail salespersons$21,9567,7001.6
53Cooks, fast food$14,2401,0301.5
54Interviewers, except eligibility and loan$22,5703101.5
55Physical therapists$58,0102501.5
56Construction laborers$27,5731,5301.5
57Receptionists and information clerks$20,0661,7901.4
58Radiologic technologists and technicians$45,3902801.4
59Cooks, institution and cafeteria$19,1535401.4
60Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers$30,2462301.4
61Structural metal fabricators and fitters$28,2301201.4
62Rehabilitation counselors$31,1851501.4
63Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters$39,0201001.4
64Laundry and dry-cleaning workers$17,7233301.4
65Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators$39,9433501.4
66Tellers$20,3458301.4
67Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists$35,9901501.4
68Elementary school teachers, except special education$35,2561,9801.4
69Truck drivers, light or delivery services$26,5931,4701.4
70Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners$19,5363,3001.4
71Dishwashers$13,8907501.4
72Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists$18,7505301.4
73Occupational therapists$52,3101301.4
74Chefs and head cooks$23,0501701.3
75Bakers$22,3632101.3
76Loan officers$40,0234901.3
77Architects, except landscape and naval$45,9151501.3
78Food service managers$29,8732801.3
79Pharmacy technicians$25,8433801.3
80Real estate sales agents$44,0801901.3
81Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers$21,7802201.3
82First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers$21,9231,0601.3
83Automotive service technicians and mechanics$30,7269101.3
84Cashiers$16,3634,7201.2
85Waiters and waitresses$13,9103,1701.2
86Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school$34,6062301.2
87Landscaping and groundskeeping workers$19,8601,2101.2
88Public relations specialists$42,5102701.2
89First-line supervisors/managers of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers$35,4431401.2
90Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products$45,2901,9901.2
91Roofers$29,8851501.2
92Telecommunications line installers and repairers$39,2001501.2
93Cost estimators$45,9462801.2
94Bus drivers, school$24,2905001.2
95Personal and home care aides$16,2306401.2
96Librarians$40,1931801.2
97Lawyers$61,0367501.2
98Maintenance and repair workers, general$27,5701,6201.1
99First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers$32,1561,3801.1
100Stock clerks and order fillers$19,9502,1001.1

ABSOLUTE POPULARITY

The Most Common Jobs in Montana

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in Montana are unusually common compared to other states, the table below lists jobs which are the most common in raw numbers in the state.

RankJob Local Jobs .Mean Local Salary .Local Popularity Index
1Retail salespersons7,700$21,9561.6
2General and operations managers4,730$62,4862.5
3Cashiers4,720$16,3631.2
4Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners3,300$19,5361.4
5Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks3,250$26,5961.6
6Waiters and waitresses3,170$13,9101.2
7Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive3,070$21,9961.6
8Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer2,860$33,4801.8
9Office clerks, general2,860$19,5460.9
10Stock clerks and order fillers2,100$19,9501.1
11Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food2,100$14,6960.8
12Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products1,990$45,2901.2
13Elementary school teachers, except special education1,980$35,2561.4
14Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand1,960$21,4560.7
15Executive secretaries and administrative assistants1,920$28,3931.1
16Bartenders1,880$15,6163.6
17Carpenters1,870$31,9461.8
18Receptionists and information clerks1,790$20,0661.4
19Registered nurses1,690$52,7100.7
20Child care workers1,680$16,2962.8
21Customer service representatives1,640$26,2600.7
22Maids and housekeeping cleaners1,620$15,3331.7
23Maintenance and repair workers, general1,620$27,5701.1
24Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses1,540$30,3762.1
25Construction laborers1,530$27,5731.5
26Truck drivers, light or delivery services1,470$26,5931.4
27Cooks, restaurant1,460$17,0231.6
28Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants1,390$19,5401.0
29First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers1,390$35,8260.9
30First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers1,380$32,1561.1
31Teacher assistants1,380$18,3401.1
32Accountants and auditors1,320$51,4031.0
33Driver/sales workers1,280$24,8002.9
34Landscaping and groundskeeping workers1,210$19,8601.2
35First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers1,060$21,9231.3
36Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop1,040$14,0031.9
37Cooks, fast food1,030$14,2401.5
38Billing and posting clerks and machine operators970$23,0201.7
39Social and human service assistants940$20,5632.8
40Automotive service technicians and mechanics910$30,7261.3
41Food preparation workers900$15,3960.9
42Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks870$22,8661.0
43Tellers830$20,3451.4
44Counter and rental clerks820$18,2861.6
45Home health aides760$17,3361.1
46Dishwashers750$13,8901.4
47Lawyers750$61,0361.2
48Business operations specialists720$47,6300.7
49Personal and home care aides640$16,2301.2
50Insurance sales agents620$41,5001.9
51Industrial truck and tractor operators620$26,7960.9
52Cleaners of vehicles and equipment600$16,2161.6
53Computer support specialists600$30,3061.0
54Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators590$34,8031.6
55Team assemblers590$21,9950.5
56First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers570$47,0360.9
57First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers560$48,9161.1
58Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education560$36,1650.9
59Cooks, institution and cafeteria540$19,1531.4
60Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists530$18,7501.4
61First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers510$47,0500.7
62Bus drivers, school500$24,2901.2
63Loan officers490$40,0231.3
64Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers470$13,5561.0
65Civil engineers460$56,6361.7
66Bill and account collectors460$26,5850.9
67Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters440$58,3400.9
68Electricians440$45,7500.6
69Pharmacists430$76,2431.7
70Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers420$57,16015.1
71Helpers--production workers420$18,8250.8
72Packers and packagers, hand420$16,2960.5
73Switchboard operators, including answering service410$20,2231.8
74Parts salespersons410$28,1301.7
75Pharmacy technicians380$25,8431.3
76Postal service mail carriers370$44,8501.0
77Data entry keyers360$19,2431.0
78Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators350$39,9431.4
79Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers350$30,3531.0
80Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines340$36,9902.8
81Automotive body and related repairers330$30,6861.9
82Laundry and dry-cleaning workers330$17,7231.4
83Survey researchers320(varies)21.2
84Financial managers320$61,7530.6
85Computer systems analysts320$57,4230.5
86Security guards320$18,8800.3
87Clergy310$31,2009.1
88Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance310$29,8361.6
89Interviewers, except eligibility and loan310$22,5701.5
90Computer programmers310$44,8900.7
91Sales managers300$60,0260.8
92Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop300$14,1430.8
93Advertising sales agents290$34,5531.7
94Child, family, and school social workers290$29,1131.1
95Managers290$61,3130.8
96Civil engineering technicians280$33,2062.9
97Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service280$19,4251.7
98Radiologic technologists and technicians280$45,3901.4
99Food service managers280$29,8731.3
100Cost estimators280$45,9461.2
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