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Career and Education Opportunities for Natural Resource Managers in Montana

Montana has a population of 974,989, which has grown by 8.07% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Treasure State," its capital is Helena, though its largest city is Billings.

There are currently 470 working natural resource managers in Montana; this should grow by 14% to about 540 working natural resource managers in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for natural resource managers are expected to grow by about 11.9%. In general, natural resource managers research or study range land management practices to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.

A person working as a natural resource manager can expect to earn about $27 hourly or $56,640 annually on average in Montana and about $28 per hour or $58,720 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for natural resource managers are better than earnings in the general category of Life Sciences in Montana and not quite as good as general Life Sciences category earnings nationally. Jobs in this field include: resource manager, grassland conservationist, and refuge manager.

In 2008, there were a total of 651,425 jobs in Montana. The average annual income was $34,622 in 2008, up from $33,927 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Montana was 6.2% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Approximately 24.4% of Montana residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Montana include agencies, brokerages, and other insurance related activities, automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores, and third party administration of insurance funds/plans. Notable tourist destinations include the Peter Yegen Jr Yellowstone County Museum, the Yellowstone Art Museum, and the Billings Preservation Society.

CITIES WITH Natural Resource Manager OPPORTUNITIES IN Montana


JOB DESCRIPTION: Natural Resource Manager

In general, natural resource managers research or study range land management practices to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.

Every day, natural resource managers are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to read and understand documents and reports. It is also important that they write clearly and communicate well.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Montana include:

  • Biologist. Research or study basic principles of plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, and functions.
  • Forester. Manage forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timber's worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine the best time for harvesting. Develop forest management plans for public and privately-owned forested lands.
  • Medical Scientist. Conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation or other research, production, or related activities.
  • Microbiologist. Investigate the growth, structure, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi. Includes medical microbiologists who study the relationship between organisms and disease or the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.
  • Park Ranger. Plan, develop, and conduct programs to inform public of historical, natural, and scientific features of national, state, or local park.
  • Scientist. Study the chemical composition and physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena. May conduct research to further understanding of the complex chemical combinations and reactions involved in metabolism, reproduction, and heredity. May determine the effects of foods, drugs, and other substances on tissues and vital processes of living organisms.
  • Soil Conservation Technician. Plan and develop coordinated practices for soil erosion control, soil and water conservation, and sound land use.
  • Zoologist. Study the origins, behavior, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management, including the collection and analysis of biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water areas.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Montana

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Montana has a population of 974,989, which has grown by 8.07% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Treasure State," its capital is Helena, though its most populous city is Billings. In 2008, there were a total of 651,425 jobs in Montana. The average annual income was $34,622 in 2008, up from $33,927 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Montana was 6.2% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Roughly 24.4% of Montana residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Montana include agencies, brokerages, and other insurance related activities, automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores, and third party administration of insurance funds/plans. Notable tourist attractions include the Zoomontana, the Museum of Women's History, and the Moss Mansion Museum.