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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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            • Syracuse University’s online Master of Science in Computer Engineering program teaches students to create groundbreaking hardware and software solutions for new and emerging systems
            • You will learn to drive innovation and solve the most difficult computer engineering challenges with advanced knowledge of key topics including: security and assurance, network systems, computer architecture, and advanced programming
            • Founded in 1901, the school has maintained its reputation as a leader in the field, offering a curriculum built on theory, fundamentals, and application with a worldwide community of over 20,000 engineering and computer science alumni
            • Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science is designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) since 2001 and as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) since 2009.
            • Designed and taught by Syracuse faculty, the curriculum built on theory, fundamentals, and application.
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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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            • Syracuse University’s Master of Science in Computer Science program is designed to help students discover groundbreaking solutions to complex technology challenges and develop expertise in areas such as security and assurance, artificial intelligence, computer architecture, and advanced programming.
            • Students will gain advanced knowledge in critical areas, such as Security and Assurance, Artificial Intelligence, and Computer Architecture, and Advanced Programming.
            • Founded in 1901, the school has maintained its reputation as a leader in the field, offering a curriculum built on theory, fundamentals, and application with a worldwide community of over 20,000 engineering and computer science alumni
            • Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science is designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) since 2001 and as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) since 2009.
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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.
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            • 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).
            • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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            • Ranked 21st among the Best Education Schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Established in 1918 with the mission, “to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally, and globally.”
            • The first major research university to offer an online M.A.  in teaching program.
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            • All programs taught with the guiding principles of leadership, learning, accountability, and diversity.
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            • Ranked 33rd among the Best Grad Schools for Social Work in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Founded in 1904 as the nation’s first institute of higher learning to offer training for clinical social workers.
            • Provides a rigorous education, including a nationally accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) Program and PhD in Social Work.  
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            • Accredited by the American Library Association, this program focuses on both the theory and practice of library science and grounds students in the knowledge, skills and values to become change agents in the field across a broad range of industries.
            • The MS in Library and Information Science (MLIS) curriculum prepares students for careers in a broad range of settings, including academic institutions, public libraries, corporations, government agencies, and cultural institutions.
            • This program is 36 credits and can be completed in 18 months.
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            • Earn an NYU degree from anywhere in the country using our state-of-the-art online platform. You’ll attend live online classes, complete self-paced course work, and gain hands-on clinical experiences at field sites in or near your community.
            • Personalize your education based on your interests and goals with our diverse curriculum. Our clinical externship experiences and electives are designed to provide you with a comprehensive learning experience. We also offer all necessary foundation courses for admitted students who need to complete them before beginning the graduate-level courses.
            • Complete courses taught by expert NYU faculty who have diverse research interests and expertise in a variety of areas. As practicing clinicians who are highly active in the field, our faculty members apply real-world experiences to the classroom and act as supportive mentors to our students. 
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            • Nursing@USC’s unique learning experience allows aspiring FNPs across the United States to earn a USC education without relocating.
            • The program blends face-to-face online classes with in-person learning experiences on USC’s campus and at clinical sites near students’ communities.
            • All classes are designed and taught by USC’s world-class faculty, who are experienced and respected nurse practitioners.
            • Students have the flexibility of earning their degree either full time or part time within 21 or 33 months.
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