Jobs in Colorado?

Top 5 Highest Paying Hot Jobs

  1. Chief Executives (Bachelors or higher degree, plus work experience)
  2. Engineering Managers (Bachelors or higher degree, plus work experience)
  3. Computer and Information Systems Managers (Bachelors or higher degree, plus work experience)
  4. General and Operations Managers (Bachelors or higher degree, plus work experience)
  5. Lawyers (First professional degree)

Growing Occupations Requiring Higher Education

  1. Manicurists and Pedicurists (Postsecondary vocational training)
  2. Skin Care Specialists (Postsecondary vocational training)
  3. Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education (Postsecondary vocational training)
  4. Recreation Workers (Bachelor's degree)
  5. Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists (Postsecondary vocational training)


The Spring 2006 Denver Metro Job Vacancy Survey (JVS) was conducted from April 14th through June 27th, 2006. The goal of the survey is to provide current information on the demand for workers and these were the findings:

  • An estimated 39,717 jobs were available for hire during the survey period, up from the 23,300 vacancies found last spring.
  • Retail Trade has the highest number of estimated vacancies (5,791), followed by Accommodation & Food Services (4,618) and Heath Care & Social Assistance (3,598).
  • Small to mid-size companies provide the most vacancies with 25,296. However, since more small to mid-size firms are surveyed, there are actually fewer vacancies per employer than with large or Government employers. There are on average 24 vacancies per large private firm and 8 vacancies per Government entity, compared to an average of about 5 vacancies per small to mid-size employer.
  • Twenty-six percent of surveyed employers reported at least one job vacancy.


According to the monthly survey of Colorado businesses nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 10,400 during July to 2,282,600. The decline was less than normal for the month as eight sectors added workers and three trimmed payrolls. Nonagricultural employment has risen 2.0 percent over the past twelve months.

Cutbacks were typical for July, with seasonal declines in education driving large losses in government. With school out for the summer, government shed 16,400 employees and education and health services lost 1,800. Other services experienced its first decline of 2006, edging down 400.

All remaining major industries in the State enjoyed employment growth. Leisure and hospitality, and construction saw expected summer increases of 4,000 and 1,600 jobs, respectively. Professional and business services also enjoyed a seasonal uptick of 1,200 and manufacturing added 600 positions. Natural resources and mining continued its strong growth with the addition of 400 new hires. Smaller gains were seen in the remaining sectors.

Hiring has been most active in professional and business services for the past year. The sector has been responsible for one-third or 14,700 of the 44,500 new jobs created since last July. Construction payrolls are up 6,300 while government has grown by 5,600 and trade, transportation and utilities has added 5,400. Natural resources and mining employment has expanded by 2,600 or almost 15 percent over the year, but the industry still makes up a small share of total nonfarm payrolls.

Top 10 industries ranked on the greatest employment

  1. Food Services and Drinking Places
  2. Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  3. Administrative and Support Services
  4. Specialty Trade Contractors
  5. Ambulatory Health Care Services
  6. Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
  7. Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
  8. Hospitals
  9. General Merchandise Stores
  10. Food and Beverage Stores


Top 5 Largest Employers:

# Employer City Number of Employees 1 GOLDER ASSOCIATES Lakewood 10,030 2 LOCKHEED MARTIN CORP Littleton 10,000 3 LOCKHEED MARTIN SPACE SYSTEMS Littleton 10,000 4 PETERSON AFB Colorado Springs 9,286 5 COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY Fort Collins 7,910


  • 2004 Population 4,601,800
  • 2004 Labor Force 2,522,200
  • 2004 Unemployment Rate 5.5%
  • 2004 Median Household Income $51,100
  • 2004 Per Capita Income $36,100

Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose two-tenths of one percentage point to 4.7 percent in July, according to Rick Grice, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. “Moderating job growth has pushed Colorado’s unemployment rate back up to the level recorded in January,” noted Grice. Last year at this time the unemployment rate was 5.0 percent.

The seasonally adjusted estimate of the number of employed Colorado residents from the household survey retreated 15,400 over the month to 2,497,300. Total employment is now 3.2 percent higher than last July’s level of 2,421,000. The number of Coloradans unsuccessfully looking for work moved up 6,100 during the month to 123,800 but is still down from 128,700 a year ago.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the nation’s unemployment rate edged up two-tenths of one percentage point to 4.8 percent in July. Nonfarm payroll employment increased 113,000, continuing a slowing pattern which began in April. Employment growth was concentrated primarily in the service industries, with professional and business services adding 43,000. Leisure and hospitality increased 42,000 and health care was up 23,000.


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