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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Amazon hopes to swipe market share with mobile payment app
NEW YORK — Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit card processing device and mobile app designed to help small …
Banking on the boom: Five minutes with Colter DeVries
Colter DeVries, a business relationship manager with Wells Fargo Bank in Billings, has been getting a firsthand view of the energy boom in North Dakota and Eastern Montana. When bank managers …
Montana Energy Quarterly: Carbon capture research project under way in Montana
The effort to address climate change has gone underground, in a matter of speaking.
Women business owners at a disadvantage when seeking bank loans
Women are a growing force in the business world, but if they own a company, they may still struggle to get a loan from a bank.
Architects, designers preparing for a changing climate
There’s little question many architects and builders are convinced of the threat of climate change and are urging clients to plan for a future of weather extremes.
Google, Barnes & Noble team up to promote same-day book delivery
Google and Barnes & Noble, taking on their mutual rival, have paired up to offer same-day delivery of books purchased online.
Battle in the Bull Mountains: Northern Plains files suit to overturn coal lease
Cracks in the ground, some deeper than a man’s height, are cropping up on hillsides in the Bull Mountains.
Cloud Peak taking more active role in coal debate: ‘We want it to be a factual discussion’
DECKER — The 300-foot dragline juts into southern Montana skyline like an industrial tower, a titan among giant equipment at Cloud Peak Energy’s Spring Creek Mine.
Billings lodging options expand with opening of La Quinta Inn
The hotel boom in Billings continued last week with the opening of La Quinta Inn and Suites on the West End, and lodging experts say the boom should continue through the rest of the year.
Mall of America targets North Dakota oil workers
BISMARCK, N.D. — The largest shopping mall in the country is targeting workers in one of the nation’s top oil-producing areas.
EPA to open environmental crimes office in N.D.
BISMARCK, N.D. — For the first time and because of environmental issues in the Bakken oil fields, an office of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigation Division will open i…
Fichtner Chevrolet sells to Rimrock Auto Group
LAUREL — In 1961, 21-year-old Leonard Fichtner became the youngest General Motors franchise owner in history after acquiring the family business from his father. As far as he knows, there has …
United flights between Williston and Houston begin
WILLISTON, N.D. — Flights between the North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston and Houston are now underway.
Tribe official: Tests not shared on brine spill
WHITE SHIELD, N.D. — The environmental director of an American Indian tribe said he’s been shut out of the tribe’s response to a massive saltwater spill on its North Dakota reservation, and cr…
Scheels offers sneak peek of new store
Most of the vests, hunting gear, fishing poles and exercise equipment are in place at the new Scheels Sporting Goods store on Billings’ West End.
U.S. agencies build worker housing in North Dakota
DICKINSON, N.D. — Construction is set to begin on temporary housing for federal workers in western North Dakota.