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Montana Schools

In the state of Montana, academia is a declining field. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the academic community in Montana, and the future trends.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in Montana By Profession

495 505 503 476
33 31 41 39
440 491 475 458
403 383 399 400
561 531 525 532
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

From 2006 to 2009, the number of higher education faculty at the 32 colleges and universities in Montana shrunk from 1,932 members to 1,905.

This shows a 1% decrease in the number of higher institution faculty in Montana.

Average faculty salaries in Montana

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

The average salary of higher education faculty in Montana state is $49,681 per year, which is less than faculty salaries around the nation, which average $57,293 per year. And in Montana male faculty earn more than female faculty. There is a 2% difference in salaries.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in Montana

No data at this time.

Approximately 50% of Montana's 1,805 college faculty members are tenured, while 29% are on track to be tenured.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in Montana by gender

Tenured On Tenure Track Not On Tenure Track
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

National Vs. Montana Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 0% 0.69% -0.15%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Montana
  • Light Blue: National

In Montana the number of full-time faculty in the state has shrunk by 0%. Conversly from 2006 to 2009, the number of part-time faculty has increased by 21%. Thus, working full-time is becoming less popular in Montana.

National Vs. Montana Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 4.44% 16.67% 20.83%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Montana
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in Montana

No data at this time.

And in 2009 9% of those who were working on a part-time basis, identified themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority background. In the same year, 9% of the state's full-time faculty were from an ethnic or racial minority background.

Part time faculty minorities in Montana

No data at this time.

National Vs. Montana Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 4.92% 3.83% 7.65%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: Montana
  • Yellow: National

Between the years 2006 and 2009, Montana's minority faculty has seen a 1% decrease. National statistics are not in line with this. Nationally, 788,996 higher education faculty were working in 2006. Of these, 134,815 were from an ethnic or racial minority background. And in 2009, 855,625 faculty were working around the nation. 151,691 of these were from a minority background.

Full Time Faculty Minorities at Montana by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

Part Time Faculty Minorities at Montana by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

National Vs. Montana Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 3.59% 6.73% 7%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Montana
  • Light Blue: National

While the percentage of ethnic or racial minorities has increased in academia in Montana, the percentage of women has increased. And nationally, from 2006 to 2009, the number of women faculty at colleges and universities has increased by 9%.

National Vs. Montana Faculty Employment growth of women

0% -0.89% 5.99% 7.77%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Montana
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. Montana Faculty employment by Gender

National Montana
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 47%
Women 53%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in Montana


Inconsistent with the decline in the number of collegiate-level faculty in Montana, the number of students studying in institutions of higher learning has increased in the state.

Currently Montana has 4,284 graduate students and 47,126 undergraduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in Montana

1601 1451 1474 1565 1594
4869 4729 4877 4701 4634
119 126 124 130 297
1026 1034 1027 1028 1009
473 528 588 607 577
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in Montana


In 2009, 2,881 students graduated from colleges and universities in Montana. Approximately 57% of these students graduated from bachelor's degree programs. Another 16% graduated from graduate-level programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in Montana


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the institutions of higher learning in Montana.

Retention rates in Montana

Returning Students 57%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

In Montana state, 57 of every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs return to school the following year. And only 42 of every 100 students who start an undergraduate degree eventually graduate. National trends are consistent with this. At a national level, schools have an average retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in Montana

Graduation Students 42%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. Montana Students By Gender

National Montana
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 45%
Women 55%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

The student population in Montana is not very diverse. Of the 51,410 students studying in the state's colleges and universities, 55% are female, and 15% identify themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority. These numbers are consistent with national statistics, which show that 58% of the national student population is female and 28% are from minority backgrounds.

National Vs. Montana Students Minorities

National Montana
Minorities 29%
Minorities 15%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in Montana

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  1. Montana Teaching Schools12,543 Employed
  2. Montana Business Schools11,767 Employed
  3. Montana Engineering Schools7,967 Employed
  4. Montana Biology Schools6,522 Employed
  5. Montana Liberal Arts Schools5,724 Employed
  6. Montana Management Schools4,118 Employed
  7. Montana Law Schools3,895 Employed
  8. Montana Music Schools3,663 Employed
  9. Montana Accounting Schools3,516 Employed
  10. Montana Health Science Schools3,326 Employed
  11. Montana Psychology Schools3,313 Employed
  12. Montana Math Schools3,201 Employed
  13. Montana English Schools3,143 Employed
  14. Montana Art Schools2,885 Employed
  15. Montana History Schools2,826 Employed
  16. Montana BSN Schools2,332 Employed
  17. Montana Forensic Nursing Schools2,332 Employed
  18. Montana Nursing Schools2,332 Employed
  19. Montana RN to BSN Schools2,332 Employed
  20. Montana Chemistry Schools2,308 Employed
  21. Montana Business Administration Schools2,303 Employed
  22. Montana Sociology Schools2,041 Employed
  23. Montana Educational Leadership Schools1,932 Employed
  24. Montana Political Science Schools1,881 Employed
  25. Montana Public Administration Schools1,881 Employed
  26. Montana Design Schools1,870 Employed
  27. Montana MBA Schools1,737 Employed
  28. Montana Counseling Schools1,720 Employed
  29. Montana Communications Schools1,616 Employed
  30. Montana Film Schools1,557 Employed
  31. Montana Video Production Schools1,557 Employed
  32. Montana Physics Schools1,557 Employed
  33. Montana Biochemistry Schools1,557 Employed
  34. Montana Mechanical Engineering Schools1,544 Employed
  35. Montana Architecture Schools1,544 Employed
  36. Montana Elementary Education Schools1,540 Employed
  37. Montana Information Technology Schools1,534 Employed
  38. Montana Computer Science Schools1,345 Employed
  39. Montana Carpentry Schools1,258 Employed
  40. Montana Information Systems Schools1,247 Employed
  41. Montana Sports Management Schools1,212 Employed
  42. Montana Small Business Schools1,203 Employed
  43. Montana Radiology Technology Schools1,173 Employed
  44. Montana Construction Management Schools1,152 Employed
  45. Montana Human Services Schools1,142 Employed
  46. Montana Public Health Schools1,117 Employed
  47. Montana Sports Medicine Schools1,075 Employed
  48. Montana Surgical Technology Schools1,061 Employed
  49. Montana X Ray Technician Schools1,041 Employed
  50. Montana Social Work Schools1,020 Employed
  51. Montana Visual Communications Schools992 Employed
  52. Montana Computer Engineering Schools954 Employed
  53. Montana Civil Engineering Schools936 Employed
  54. Montana Forestry Schools935 Employed
  55. Montana Respiratory Therapy Schools929 Employed
  56. Montana Health Information Management Schools929 Employed
  57. Montana Healthcare Management Schools929 Employed
  58. Montana Culinary Schools917 Employed
  59. Montana Electrical Engineering Schools906 Employed
  60. Montana Paralegal Schools857 Employed
  61. Montana Biomedical Engineering Schools824 Employed
  62. Montana Marketing Schools785 Employed
  63. Montana Creative Writing Schools785 Employed
  64. Montana Speech Therapy Schools785 Employed
  65. Montana Physical Therapy Schools785 Employed
  66. Montana Journalism Schools785 Employed
  67. Montana Property Management Schools785 Employed
  68. Montana School Psychology Schools785 Employed
  69. Montana Veterinary Schools772 Employed
  70. Montana Computer Networking Schools698 Employed
  71. Montana Criminal Justice Schools532 Employed
  72. Montana Web Design Schools494 Employed
  73. Montana Early Childhood Education Schools493 Employed
  74. Montana Drafting Schools341 Employed
  75. Montana Advertising Schools324 Employed
  76. Montana Public Relations Schools324 Employed
  77. Montana Fire Science Schools313 Employed
  78. Montana Graphic Design Schools276 Employed
  79. Montana Special Education Schools274 Employed
  80. Montana Interior Design Schools243 Employed
  81. Montana Medical Coding Schools238 Employed
  82. Montana Computer Programming Schools208 Employed
  83. Montana Healthcare Administration Schools202 Employed
  84. Montana Homeland Security Schools185 Employed
  85. Montana Software Engineering Schools182 Employed
  86. Montana Business Management Schools175 Employed
  87. Montana Dental Hygienist Schools144 Employed
  88. Montana Medical Billing Schools144 Employed
  89. Montana Physical Therapy Assistant Schools144 Employed
  90. Montana Health Information Schools144 Employed
  91. Montana Gerontology Schools132 Employed
  92. Montana Hospitality Schools131 Employed
  93. Montana Theology Schools122 Employed
  94. Montana Physician Assistant Schools88 Employed
  95. Montana Forensic Science Schools72 Employed
  96. Montana Human Resources Schools70 Employed
  97. Montana Web Development Schools42 Employed
  98. Montana Risk Management Schools36 Employed
  99. Montana Mental Health Schools28 Employed

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