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With an economy built mainly on lumber, mineral extraction, tourism and transportation, Montana is a large state (over 147,000 square miles) with a small population--only 947,989, according to 2009 figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The state's major exports include chemicals, machinery, medical and pharmaceutical instruments, mineral oil and fuel, ore, and salt. According to 2009 figures from the Montana Department of Commerce, $1.5 billion of exports are sent annually from the state to countries around the world. Montana's mountains also make it a top tourist attraction for climbers, hikers and skiers, creating a thriving hospitality industry in the state.

Montana weathered the recession from 2007 to 2009 relatively well, and as of March 2011 the state's 7.4 percent unemployment rate was below the national average of 8.8 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.
According to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry's Labor Day Report of 2010, the state lost fewer jobs than the national average during the recession, and personal income in the state grew more than the U.S. average. Montana residents did face job losses during the recession, but educated workers in the state fared fare better than their less-educated counterparts; the Labor Day Report shows an unemployment rate of 18 percent for workers without a high school diploma while those with a bachelor's degree had only 3.5 percent unemployment in the first half of 2010.

Why a Montana Online Degree May be Right for You

Whether you're interested in pursuing a career in agriculture, commercial mining, hospitality, industrial engineering or something else, a Montana online degree offers the opportunity to succeed in the field of your choice. The Montana college system is made up of 14 campuses, including community colleges, independent colleges, state universities and seven tribal colleges. Many of these offer online degrees for career education, undergraduate degrees and graduate school, while other programs are available through the online colleges of national schools.

While a classroom education might be a good fit for students with no full-time job or family obligations, students who must work or raise a family while pursuing their education may find that flexible online courses better accommodate their schedules.

Montana online schools may also be the most convenient option for rural students in Montana who don't live near a college campus. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 640,000 of Montana's residents--or nearly two-thirds--live in rural areas. For these students, Montana online degrees can save hours of commuting each week.

Top Career Opportunities for Montana Graduates

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry reports that the most job growth from 2008 to 2009 was in health care, public administration and education. Careers in these industries generally require an associate or bachelor's degree.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures for 2009, some of the top careers in each of these sectors, along with the 2009 mean annual wage in Montana, include:

  • Registered nurses: $56,380
  • Dental hygienists: $66,460
  • Elementary school teachers: $39,540
  • Education administrators, elementary and secondary school: $65,120

Montana is a state with solid job opportunities for educated workers. For the state's large rural population, Montana online schools put education within reach.

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            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor?s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
            • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
            • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
            • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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            • Flexible, online programs in accounting, business, and more allow students to earn their degree anytime, anywhere.
            • Distinguished faculty members with strong academic backgrounds provide insight you can’t get out of a textbook.
            • This career-focused education is taught by instructors who are professionals in their field.
            • Students who have graduated high school in or before 2015 are eligible to apply.
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            • Offers MUSE (My Unique Student Experience), a content delivery system that gives students the option to watch, view, read or listen to required course materials.
            • Allows students to complete courses at whatever pace they want.
            • A DANTES-affiliated university and member of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges.
            • Offers IntelliPath, a proprietary learning technology that lets students learn at their own pace.
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            Simmons’ online Master of Public Health program, MPH@Simmons, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global scale. The MPH@Simmons program explores the core areas of public health: epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and health services, environmental health, and social/behavioral health. Additionally, the practice-based curriculum incorporates courses specifically designed to help you develop leadership and advocacy skills.

            The program is delivered online through a blend of live online classes and self-paced course work. Additionally, you’ll participate in public health service-learning experiences during your time in the program, giving you relevant, on-ground experience.

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            Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.

            You need to have a Bachelor’s degree and RN license to be qualified for this school.

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            • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
            • Offers programs in psychology/social work, business management, medical billing, criminal justice, and more.
            • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
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            • Communications@Simmons prepares students to become leaders who achieve their organizational, professional, and personal goals through a strategic integration of communications theory and practice.
            • The rigorous, practice-based curriculum ensures that students develop the key skills and competencies necessary to successfully navigate the shifting landscape of the digital world.
            • Simmons’ faculties are scholars and practitioners who provide individualized attention to students, guiding their professional and personal development through hands-on engagement.
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            • Ranked among the Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Ranked 8th among the Best Online Graduate Education Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • A private, co-ed college founded in 1821 and located in downtown Washington, D.C.
            • Its student-faculty ratio is 13:1, and 55.1% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
            • Has distinguished alumni including Senator Harry Reid, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and actress Courtney Cox.
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            • Master of Science in Communications offered online through Syracuse University’s world-renowned Newhouse School of Public Communications.
            • Ranked among the Best Global Universities in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report.
            • Specializations include Advertising, Public Relations, and Journalism Innovation.
            • Coursework provides students with communication strategies for today’s changing media landscape.
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            • Offers 11-stage programs that feature an in-home study component along with a hands-on training module.
            • A member of the MyCAA Financial Assistance program, which offers eligible military spouses up to $4,000 of tuition assistance that can be used towards any of their courses.
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