Colorado Career Guide & Overview of Fastest Growing Careers

Looking to relocate to Colorado? Interested in venturing into a career field with good opportunities and potential fro growth? Read on for information on the hottest careers in the Rocky Mountain State.

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Jobs in Psychology

Industrial and organizational psychologists are the fastest growing occupations in Colorado. Jobs will be available for human resources administrators, and general psychologist professions in addition to sales and management roles. All of these occupations are expected to see an employment increase of 77% or more from 2014-2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Additionally, these jobs had a reported median hourly wage of $39.79, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Here are some occupations that fall into this category:

  • Research Scientists
  • Assessment Service Managers
  • Industrial Consultants
  • Consulting Psychologists
  • Organizational Psychologists

Jobs in Masonry

Among other fast-growing careers in the state of Colorado are brick masons and stonemasons. Collectively, the DOL projects 71% growth for these professions, between 2014-2024. Brickmasons and block masons can expect a 64% growth during that same period, with a median average wage of $24.04 as of 2016. Stonemasons can expect similar growth, with a median hourly wage of $17.91. Here are some occupations you might be able to find in brick and stone masonry:

  • Concrete Finishers
  • Brick Layers
  • Block Layers
  • Stone Setters
  • Riggers

Jobs in Communication

If you're interested in foreign languages or you already speak English and another language, consider becoming an interpreter or translator in Colorado. The DOL notes that the number of employed interpreters and translators in the state is expected to increase 68% between 2014 and 2024. As of 2016, median hourly wages were $27.01. These jobs might be available:

  • Spanish Interpreters
  • Educational Interpreters
  • Sign Language Interpreters
  • Translators
  • Court Interpreters

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Jobs in Tourism

Colorado's natural beauty and skiing industry make this state a popular tourist destination. Denver International Airport is the 15th busiest airport in the world and 5th busiest in the United States. Jobs are available in all areas of the hospitality industry, and some hospitality-related jobs in Colorado expected to see a high number of job openings include those of waiters and waitresses, retail salespeople, cashiers and information clerks.

Jobs in Orthotics/Prosthetics

Orthotist and prosthetist jobs rank among the largest employers in Colorado. According to the DOL, the demand for registered nurses in Colorado will increase 64% from 2014-2024. Licensure might be required; apprenticeships may be offered. Professionals in this field might earn an hourly wage of $23.82. These jobs may be available:

  • Orthotists
  • Prosthetic Practitioners
  • Certified Prosthetists
  • Pedorthists
  • Licensed Prosthetists

Jobs in Personal Care Assistance

Jobs will be plentiful in the healthcare industry particularly for personal care assistance. The number of employed personal care aides in Colorado is expected to grow 62% from 2014-2024, according to the DOL. As of 2016, these professionals received a median hourly wage of $10.84. A high school diploma or its equivalent and some on-the-job training might be required to get started. Consider these jobs in the field:

  • Home Health Care Providers
  • Resident Care Assistants
  • Caregivers
  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Patient Care Assistants
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