Top 10 Careers
The year's hottest jobs are hiring in droves, paying well, and providing room to grow.


Registered Nurse $44,190-$95,130
Software Developer $54,360-$87,790
Pharmacist $82,090-$138,620
Medical Assistant $20,810-$40,190
Database Administrator $41,570-$115,660
Web Developer $43,190-$119,940
Computer Systems Analyst $48,360-$119,070
Physical Therapist $53,620-$107,920
Computer Programmer $40,820-$114,180
Occupational $48,920-$102,520
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Official: Saltwater spill cleanup could take years
WILLISTON, N.D. — The site where an underground pipeline leaked 1 million gallons of saltwater into the North Dakota badlands earlier this month could take years to clean up, an official of Na…
Groups gearing up for newest coal fight
Montanans are gearing up for the latest round in the coal wars, with industry supporters trying to protect jobs while environmentalists seek a shift to renewable energy.
Montana woman, Tanzanian husband team up for safari business
It was by happenstance that Jamie Pearson and her husband, Dieter Zimmermann, discovered Tupo Africa Safaris. But it was a stroke of luck for the Billings family of four.
Lightning a threat to ND saltwater disposal sites
WILLISTON, N.D. — Three massive fires since the beginning of June have highlighted the threat lightning poses in the North Dakota oil patch, and in each case it was tanks that store the toxic …
Keeping the Pedals Turning: Five Minutes with Don Cole
Local cycling enthusiasts are encouraged by signs that Billings is becoming a more bicycle-friendly community.
Great Falls-area brothers bring their Bayou Grill to Billings
Harold and Larry Goode have added some Southern spice to the Billings South Side, and that’s not so bad for business at the Vegas Hotel.
Ferris wheel assembly underway at Scheels
Workers started installing the base of a Ferris wheel this week at the new Scheels Sporting Goods store at Shiloh Crossing in Billings.
Economist: Rapid changes in health care mean jobs for Billings
Expanding Medicaid rolls would likely create thousands of jobs in the Billings area, but would also cost taxpayers millions, a University of Montana health care economist said in Billings Thursday.
Granary restaurant sold, undergoing big changes
The iconic Granary restaurant in Billings has a new owner, a new focus and — within the next month — a new name.
RMC student uses class to boost his livestock business
BOYD — Zane Holdbrook is tackling his newest livestock venture with the energy of a cowboy and the sensibility of an accountant.
Prudential Floberg Realtors changes name after Berkshire Hathaway acquisition
Prudential Floberg Realtors, one of Billings’ oldest and largest real-estate firms, is getting a new name that’s associated with billionaire investor Warren Buffett.
ArtWalk turns 20: Five Minutes with Mark Sanderson
ArtWalk took root 20 years ago when Vicki Van Buskirk, owner of Toucan Gallery, convinced other gallery and shop owners to stay open late for an event that aimed to kindle interest in local ar…
New college grads finally seeing better hiring prospects
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Reid Browning counts himself among the fortunate ones.
Saving a lifeline: Big investment will improve Crow water system
A concrete structure that helps deliver water to farmers along the Big Horn Canal was in danger of failure because of water-caused erosion stretching over decades.
KOA rolls out first nationwide TV campaign
Billings-based Kampgrounds of America has rolled out the first national television campaign in its 52-year history, hoping to capitalize on a rebound in the popularity of recreational vehicles.
SE Montana bean crop escaped May hail damage
It didn’t take insurance adjusters long to tally millions of dollars in hail damage to roofs, siding, windows and automobiles in the Billings area after the May 18 hail storm.