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Which Apprenticeable Occupations Will Have Job Openings in MT?

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Apprenticeships are a time-honored tradition of passing on craftsmanship, knowledge, and skills to the next generation in the workplace. Apprenticeships allow workers to earn while they learn, offering them an alternative to student debt while they obtain professional certification.

While traditional apprenticeships have grown steadily in Montana, the apprenticeship program is evolving to include a wider range of occupations to meet the training needs of our economy. Today’s apprentices study in fields such as information technology and healthcare, in addition to the traditional apprenticeships for plumbers, carpenters, and electricians.

The chart below shows the apprenticeable occupations with the most projected annual job openings in Montana through 2026.

The occupation Construction Laborers is projected to have 124 openings due to new jobs, and 117 openings due to workers leaving, for a total of 241 annual openings. The 2016 annual average wage for this occupation in Montana was $37,570.
The occupation Carpenters is projected to have 142 openings due to new jobs, and 78 openings due to workers leaving, for a total of 220 annual openings. The 2016 annual average wage for this occupation in Montana was $40,360.
The occupation Childcare Workers is projected to have 50 openings due to new jobs, and 125 openings due to workers leaving, for a total of 175 annual openings. The 2016 annual average wage for this occupation in Montana was $20,760.
The occupation Electricians is projected to have 78 openings due to new jobs, and 37 openings due to workers leaving, for a total of 115 annual openings. The 2016 annual average wage for this occupation in Montana was $61,580.
The occupation Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics is projected to have 23 openings due to new jobs, and 92 openings due to workers leaving, for a total of 115 annual openings. The 2016 annual average wage for this occupation in Montana was $37,620.
The occupation Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses is projected to have 29 openings due to new jobs, and 77 openings due to workers leaving, for a total of 106 annual openings. The 2016 annual average wage for this occupation in Montana was $40,920.
The occupation Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks is projected to have 0 openings due to new jobs, and 96 openings due to workers leaving, for a total of 96 annual openings. The 2016 annual average wage for this occupation in Montana was $35,170.
The occupation Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators is projected to have 34 openings due to new jobs, and 53 openings due to workers leaving, for a total of 87 annual openings. The 2016 annual average wage for this occupation in Montana was $48,810.
The occupation Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters is projected to have 52 openings due to new jobs, and 32 openings due to workers leaving, for a total of 84 annual openings. The 2016 annual average wage for this occupation in Montana was $58,440.
The occupation Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers is projected to have 15 openings due to new jobs, and 43 openings due to workers leaving, for a total of 58 annual openings. The 2016 annual average wage for this occupation in Montana was $41,230.
The occupation Medical and Health Services Managers is projected to have 22 openings due to new jobs, and 33 openings due to workers leaving, for a total of 55 annual openings. The 2016 annual average wage for this occupation in Montana was $87,490.
The occupation Painters, Construction and Maintenance is projected to have 28 openings due to new jobs, and 25 openings due to workers leaving, for a total of 53 annual openings. The 2016 annual average wage for this occupation in Montana was $36,010.
The occupation Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists is projected to have 27 openings due to new jobs, and 23 openings due to workers leaving, for a total of 50 annual openings. The 2016 annual average wage for this occupation in Montana was $43,600.
The occupation Medical Records and Health Information Technicians is projected to have 17 openings due to new jobs, and 23 openings due to workers leaving, for a total of 40 annual openings. The 2016 annual average wage for this occupation in Montana was $36,320.

 Source: Montana Department of Labor & Industry 2016 to 2026

While the program has been growing in participation and expanding into new occupations, there is still room to grow. The U.S. Department of Labor maintains a list of all occupations that can be trained through a registered apprentice program, which includes over 1,000 jobs listed as apprenticeable under national guidelines. New apprenticeship programs in these occupations may begin when an employer expresses interest and works with the Montana Department of Labor & Industry to set up their program.

For more information on the Montana Registered Apprenticeship Program, please visit http://apprenticeship.mt.gov. Staff contact information can be found at http://apprenticeship.mt.gov/contact.

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