Denver Job Outlook & Top Growing Career Opportunities

Does the thought of living in a thriving, contemporary city surrounded by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, breathtaking views and year-round sports make you want to pack your bags and leave? The state of Colorado's Business Retention and Expansion office works hard to remove barriers and attract businesses to the Denver area. This has resulted in a hot job market for several industries in Denver.

Overview of Denver

In 2015, American College of Sports Medicine named Denver the 6th fittest city in America. In 2015, Forbes reported that Denver was the 3rd easiest city in America in which to find a job and the best place in the entire country for business and careers. MetroDenver Economic Development Corporation reports that as of 2016, Denver has a population of 3,116.4 million with an unemployment rate of only 3.5%.

Largest Employers

The Denver Relocation Guide lists the following as the top 10 largest employers in Denver as of 2013:

  • U.S. Government
  • State of Colorado
  • University of Colorado Systems
  • Denver Public Schools
  • City and County of Denver
  • HealthONE Corporation
  • SCL Health System
  • Centura Health
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • CenturyLink

Fastest-Growing Occupations

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) projects that the following will be among the top 23 fastest-growing areas of employment in Denver from 2014-2024:

  • Healthcare Support
  • Construction and Extraction
  • Personal Care and Service
  • Healthcare Practitioners and Technical
  • Computer and Mathematical
  • Community and Social Services
  • Architecture and Engineering
  • Business and Financial Operations
  • Education, Training and Library
  • Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance

Projected Openings

According to the CDLE, the following areas are projected to have the most openings between 2014-2024 in Denver:

  • Business and Financial Operations
  • Construction and Extraction
  • Healthcare Practitioners and Technical
  • Food Preparation and Serving Related
  • Office and Administrative Support
  • Sales and Related
  • Management
  • Computer and Mathematical
  • Education, Training and Library
  • Transportation and Material Moving

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