Colorado Springs Job Outlook and Fastest Growing Careers

With an estimated 674,000 residents in 2018, Colorado Springs is second only to Denver as the most populated city in Colorado. With population growth comes job opportunities, and we'll explore some of the top careers in the city.


According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of March 2018, Colorado Springs - once called the City of Millionaires - boasted an unemployment rate of just 3.4 percent. In May 2016, the BLS reported that the average hourly wage was $23.78, very similar to the national average of $23.86. Taking these figures into consideration, Colorado Springs offers many opportunities and adequate pay for job seekers.

Fastest-Growing Jobs

Healthcare-related occupations lead the list of fastest-growing jobs in Colorado Springs; opportunities in business and education also show expected growth. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Office of Labor Management Information, has projected that the following will be the fastest-growing job areas in the Colorado Springs Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) over the 2016-2026 period. This list takes into consideration the percentage of change in the total number of people employed in the industry:

  • Personal Care and Service
  • Healthcare Support
  • Healthcare Practitioners and Technical
  • Construction and Extraction
  • Community and Social Services
  • Computer and Mathematical
  • Life, Physical and Social Science
  • Education, Training and Library
  • Business and Financial Operations
  • Food Preparation and Serving Related

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  • Agriculture
  • 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

Top Employers

Colorado Springs has attracted many Fortune 500 companies and is also home to five military installations. According to the Colorado Springs Chamber and Economic Development Corporation, the lists below show a sampling of some of the major public and private employers in the Colorado Springs region in 2018 (in alphabetical order):

Top Private Employers

  • The Broadmoor Hotel
  • Colorado College
  • Compassion International
  • Cherwell Software
  • Peak Vista Community Health Centers
  • Polaris Alpha
  • UCHealth - Memorial Health Systems
  • United Services Automobile Association
  • Western Forge Corporation
  • YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region

Top Public Employers

  • City of Colorado Springs
  • Colorado Springs Utilities
  • El Paso County
  • Fort Carson
  • Peterson Air Force Base
  • Pikes Peak Community College
  • Schriever Air Force Base
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

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