Many of the occupations with the most job openings do not require high levels of training and education. In general, most of the jobs in Montana don’t require postsecondary education. The Montana Department of Labor & Industry projects occupations requiring a high school diploma or less will continue to make up the majority of Montana’s employment in future years. The chart below shows the share of jobs by education over the next ten years.
MT Jobs by Minimum Education Requirement, Current & Projected
In 2016 and 2017, Montana Department of Labor & Industry estimates approximately 69% of the total annual job openings will require a high school diploma or less. Occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree make up another 17% of annual openings, which is the most among occupations requiring post-secondary education.
Although occupations like cashiers and retail sales workers that require a high school degree or less need a lot of workers, educators and training professionals do not need to develop training programs for these positions because they can be filled by entry-level workers without specialized education or experience. Occupations requiring some post-secondary education call for more investment by educators and training professionals. Therefore, these occupations are often the target of workforce training efforts in Montana even though they do not necessarily have the most job openings.
The table below displays the jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree or more with the most projected openings. Occupations in the education, health care, and business services industries are expected to be in relatively high demand compared to other occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree.
Top Jobs Requiring a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher, 2015-2025