Jobs in Missoula, Montana

Posted: March 21, 2012 in career tips

Missoula is a city in Montana, USA. Located along the Biterroot Rivers and Clark Fork, Missoula is at the convergence of 5 mountain ranges in the area and is also described as the Hub of Five Valleys. Home to around 66,000 people, Missoula is also known as the second biggest city in Montana. Strategically located in the scenic Bitterroot Valley, Missoula has attracted residents out of state who want to live in Montana.

Missoula started as a trading post in the 1860s along the Mullan Military Road and is considered as the first access route from the mountains to the Eastern Washington plains. As a county seat in 1866, the city has established itself as a regional commercial center. The opening of the railroad also expanded the city’s trading area and paved the way for more shops and more jobs near the railway’s division point.

Missoula Job Market

Since the establishment of the University of Montana in 1895, Missoula has been accommodating the entire student body. It also gave the city an opportunity for a more educated workforce that isn’t available in many states. The university continues to be one of the city’s biggest employers and houses the Montana Technology Enterprise Center, the city’s only business incubator.

Some of the key business sectors that provides most of Missoula jobs include health care, transportation, education, retail shopping, financial services, government & social services, arts, culture and events. Healthcare is also a rapidly developing industry with the Community Medical Center and St. Patrick Hospital as the city’s biggest employers next to the university.


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