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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Some businesses opt for a home-grown concept instead of a franchise
Step inside of Spinners, a self-serve yogurt shop at 3031 Grand Ave., and one gets the impression the store was developed by some savvy franchising company that put years worth of effort into …
Economy is growing in Midwest, Plains states
OMAHA, Neb. — The economy in nine Midwestern and Plains states should continue growing steadily in the months ahead, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released recently.
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.
Dennis Quaid's Camp Warren Oates sells for $8.6 million
Dennis Quaid’s ranch, Camp Warren Oates, a 418-acre ranch in the Paradise Valley, has been sold for $8.6 million, according to Raich Montana Properties, which represented the seller.
Cloud Peak Energy posts $2.1 million loss
GILLETTE, Wyo.  — Cloud Peak Energy, which operates only in the Powder River Basin, has posted a $2.1 million loss in the second quarter of 2014, compared to a $4.1 million gain for the same p…
Big Dipper Ice Cream coming to Billings
Missoula’s Big Dipper Ice Cream shop is expanding to downtown Billings, bringing homemade, premium ice cream to a growing area.
Flathead cherry harvest to top 2M pounds, but part of crop culled
POLSON — Nearly 850,000 pounds of cherries from Flathead Lake Cherry Growers orchards have been harvested since last week, with the grand total expected to top 2 million pounds before the harv…
Arch Coal and Cloud Peak report second-quarter losses
CASPER, Wyo. — Coal’s blues continue.
Company plans Bakken developments worth $65 million
WILLISTON, N.D. — A New York company is planning residential and commercial developments worth at least $65 million in the North Dakota oil patch town of Watford City.
64-room hotel opens in Billings near Cabela's
Billings’ newest lodging, My Place Hotel, opened last week, a key victory for a development supported by public funds.
North Dakota industrial fire cleanup to take weeks
WILLISTON, N.D. — Cleanup efforts at the still-smoking site of an oil field supply company in North Dakota that caught fire earlier this week could take weeks, an Environmental Protection Agen…
Company finds natural gas in southeastern N.D.
BISMARCK, N.D. — A company exploring for natural gas outside of western North Dakota's oil patch says it has found the resource but is far from determining whether it would be economical to st…
Montana Revenue Department auctioning off unclaimed items
Unclaimed jewelry, rare coins, trinkets and other collectibles across Montana will soon be up for grabs to the highest bidder.
Taco Treat adding Heights, West End locations
Taco lovers in Billings Heights and the West End will soon have a new treat.
Salad store reopens with new name, Greens & More
Greens & More is the same salad store, but under a different, more flexible brand at West Park Promenade, its new owner said last week.
With anchor Scheels leaving, Rimrock Mall facing big challenges
Walking through Rimrock Mall and meeting community members, new mall manager Devin Hartley is usually confronted with one common question.