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Freight: Career and Education Opportunities in Montana

Freight: The country's industrial infrastructure rests on its ability to move massive amounts of freight around the country and the world. Freight Transportation workers make this happen. From crane and tower operators to cargo inspectors, they provide industry with the transportation service its needs.

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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.


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Crane Operator

Crane Operators operate mechanical crane or tower equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions. Crane Operators need to track and maintain equipment on an ongoing basis. They also need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues.