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  • Hourly Mean Wage: $27.10
  • Annual Mean Wage: $56,380

Aside from the meadows, lakes, and forests that dot the landscape, Montana is hosts three of the five entrances to Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the world. With sprawling grasslands and majestic mountains, Big Sky Country is the ideal location for those looking to get away from the eyesores of high rise buildings and the general chaos of big city life. In fact, the largest city in the state, Billings, had a population of approximately 103,994 in 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which is scant compared to the whopping 1,279,910 population of Dallas, Texas. Things are decidedly quieter in Montana, though make no mistake, it is still a prospering state with a bright future.

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The main industries in the Treasure State are agriculture, tourism, and interestingly, beer production. The state has the third most craft breweries per capita in the nation. However, health care is not left out of the loop in Montana. Nursing in particular is holding steady, though nurses are more likely to find work in the major metropolitan areas of Billings and Missoula than in the surrounding rural areas. In fact, approximately 39% of all of Montana's registered nurses work in those two hubs, which is not surprising because where there are more people, there are also inevitably more patients to be cared for. To become a registered nurse (RN) in Montana, one must obtain a diploma, associate, or bachelor's degree from an accredited nursing program. Then, prospective nurses must also successfully complete the NCLEX-RN examination to obtain a nursing license. This is done through registering for the test with the Montana Board of Nursing as well as with Pearson Vue, the Board's choice method of examination delivery. In Montana, RNs must renew their nursing licenses before they expire on December 31st of every even-numbered year.

School Name: Carroll College

Address: 1601 N Benton Ave, Helena, Montana 59625-0002

Contact: (406) 447-4300

Website: www.carroll.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1

School Name: Flathead Valley Community College

Address: 777 Grandview Dr, Kalispell, Montana 59901

Contact: (406) 756-3822

Website: www.fvcc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1

School Name: Miles Community College

Address: 2715 Dickinson Street, Miles City, Montana 59301-4774

Contact: (800) 541-9281

Website: www.milescc.edu/

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 11 to 1

School Name: Montana State University

Address: Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana 59717

Contact: (406) 994-0211

Website: www.montana.edu/

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1

School Name: Montana State University-Billings-College of Technology

Address: 3803 Central Ave, Billings, Montana 59102-9856

Contact: (406) 247-3000

Website: www.msubillings.edu/cot/

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

School Name: Montana State University-Great Falls College of Technology

Address: 2100 16th Ave S, Great Falls, Montana 59405

Contact: (406) 771-4300

Website: www.msugf.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1

School Name: Montana State University-Northern

Address: 300 W 11th St, Havre, Montana 59501

Contact: (406) 265-3700

Website: www.msun.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1

School Name: Montana Tech of the University of Montana

Address: 1300 W Park St, Butte, Montana 59701-8997

Contact: (406) 496-4101

Website: www.mtech.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 10 to 1

School Name: Salish Kootenai College

Address: 58138 US Highway 93, Pablo, Montana 59855

Contact: (406) 275-4800

Website: www.skc.edu

Type of School: 4-year, primarily associate's, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 8 to 1

School Name: The University of Montana

Address: Missoula, Montana 59812

Contact: (406) 243-0211

Website: www.umt.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 20 to 1

School Name: University of Montana-Helena College of Technology

Address: 1115 N Roberts Street, Helena, Montana 59601

Contact: (406) 444-6800

Website: www.umhelena.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1

Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes/