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 for growth? Read on for information on the hottest careers in the Rocky Mountain State.

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Jobs in Psychology

Industrial and organizational psychologist is the fastest growing occupation in Colorado, with a projected employment increase of 77% from 2014-2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Additionally, these jobs paid a median hourly wage of $39.79, nationwide, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Here are some job titles that fall into this category:

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

Jobs in Masonry

Fast-growing careers in the state of Colorado can also be found in masonry. The DOL projects a 71% growth for helpers of brickmasons, stonemasons, blockmasons, and tile and marble setters working in this state between 2014-2024. Brickmasons and block masons in Colorado 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 (62%), with a median hourly wage of $17.91. Here are some job titles that might be available in 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, their 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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  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Jobs in Orthotics/Prosthetics

Orthotist and prosthetist jobs were also among the fastest growing in Colorado. According to the DOL, openings for orthotists and prosthetists in the state were expected to increase 64% from 2014-2024. Licensure might be required; apprenticeships may be offered. Professionals in Colorado earned a median hourly wage of $23.82 for 2016. These job titles 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 aides. The number of personal care aides employed 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 in this state. 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

Jobs in Tourism

Colorado's natural beauty and skiing industry make this state a popular tourist destination. Denver International Airport is the 6th busiest airport in the United States and the 18th busiest in the world. Jobs are available in all areas of the hospitality industry, and some hospitality-related jobs in Colorado are expected to see a high number of job openings from 2014-2024, including:

  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food (32% growth)
  • Waiters and Waitresses (21% growth)
  • Retail Salespersons (19% growth)
  • Cashiers (13% growth)
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