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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? Check out Denver, Colorado's job outlook and fastest-growing career opportunities.

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Overview of Denver

With close to 700,000 residents, Denver is the largest city in Colorado. In 2016, the U.S. Census called Denver the fastest growing city in the country. Economic recovery has been kind to the Mile High City; as of April 2018, the unemployment rate in the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield metro area was 2.5%, well below the 4.1% national rate, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In May 2017, the BLS stated that the average hourly wage for those working in the Denver area was $27.60, above the national average.

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
  • Jefferson County Public Schools
  • HealthONE Corporation
  • King Snoopers Inc.-Division of Dillon Co. Inc.
  • SCL Health System

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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

Fastest-Growing Occupations

A wide range of careers will see growth in the Denver area through the coming year. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) projects that the following will be among the top fastest-growing occupations in Denver from 2016-2026 in terms of percentage changes:

  • Wind Turbine Service Technicians
  • Interpreters and Translators
  • Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
  • Helpers-Brickmasons, Blockmasons and Stonemasons
  • Home Health Aides
  • Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
  • Mechanical Insulation Workers
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  • Personal Care Aides

Projected Openings

Though not among the largest careers in terms of percentage growth, some occupations are expected to see a large number of job openings per year in this city. According to the CDLE, the following occupations are projected to have the most openings between 2016-2026 in Denver:

  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • General Operations Managers
  • Business Operations Specialists, All Other
  • Software Developers, Applications
  • Construction Laborers
  • Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, except Legal, Medical and Executive
  • Cashiers
  • General Office Clerks
  • Electricians
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