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How Many IT Jobs are in Montana?

Montana currently has 7,850 workers employed in information technology (IT) occupations.1


Of course, the total number depends on how you define “IT occupations.” The table below displays all the occupations listed under “Computer and Mathematical Occupations” in the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code,2 but the definition may change based on the questions you’re trying to answer.

 

Occupation

Employment

Median Wage

COMPUTER & MATHEMATICAL OCCUPATIONS

7,850

$56,280

Computer & Information Research Scientists

50

NA

Computer Systems Analysts

630

$64,330

Information Security Analysts

170

$57,810

Computer Programmers

820

$60,440

Software Developers Applications

720

$72,170

Software Developers Systems Software

530

$74,580

Web Developers

570

$47,670

Database Administrators

220

$57,060

Network & Computer Systems Administrators

610

$58,650

Computer Network Architects

220

$62,840

Computer User Support Specialists

2,020

$41,180

Computer Network Support Specialists

420

$53,710

Computer Occupations All Other

710

$68,230

Operations Research Analysts

90

$52,880

Statisticians

70

$43,850

If the question is, “How many jobs in Montana require computer coding?” the definition would have to include additional occupations. Many occupations outside of the traditional IT classification require at least some knowledge of coding.

Economists generally need basic programming skills to manipulate the large data sets they work with. Other occupations may use coding for specific tasks, but not require a broad base of coding knowledge. For example, manufacturing coursework might include instruction on programming the computers used to make widgets. It would not necessarily be a separate class, but a tool to achieve the primary purpose of the course.

1 Data from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program, May 2015

2 More info on SOC codes at http://www.bls.gov/soc/home.htm

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