Denver Job Outlook & Top Growing Career Opportunities

Jul 12, 2020

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 May 2020, the unemployment rate in the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield metro area was 10.4%, well below the 13.0% national rate, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In May 2019, the BLS stated that the average hourly wage for those working in the Denver area was $29.58, above the national average.

Largest Employers

The Denver Relocation Guide lists the following as the top 10 largest employers in Denver as of 2019:

  • U.S. Government
  • State of Colorado
  • Walmart Stores
  • University of Colorado Systems
  • Centura Health
  • Denver Public Schools
  • City and County of Denver
  • Jefferson County Public Schools
  • HealthONE Corporation
  • SCL Health System

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 2018-2028 in terms of percentage changes:

  • Wind Turbine Service Technicians
  • Home Health Aides
  • Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
  • Physician Assistants
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Mechanical Insulation Workers
  • Application Software Developer
  • Statisticians

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 2018-2028 in Denver:

  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  • Registered Nurses
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Software Developers, Applications
  • Waiters and Waitresses
  • General and Operations Managers
  • Business Operations Specialists, All Other
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Retail Salespersons
  • Construction Laborers
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