Top Jobs

Looking at jobs that have above average growth and typically offer a living wage helps us anticipate where there are great opportunities for Coloradans, the education required and where we should prioritize talent development strategies. 

View the interactive review of top jobs

This tool features the top jobs, education level necessary, number of average openings, earnings statisics, and more.

Overall, the top jobs below represent about 36 percent of all annual job openings in Colorado. We have categorized top jobs into two earnings tiers:

  • The first tier includes jobs that have median earnings at or above a living wage for a family with two adults (one working) and one child ($22.90/hour).
  • The second tier adds in jobs that meet a lower living wage benchmark for an individual (median earnings of $11.33/hour). 

Tier 1 Occupation Examples

Tier 1 Occupation Examples

Engineering Business & Finance
Civil Engineers Accountants and Auditors
Mechanical Engineers Market Research Analysts/Marketing Specialists
Computer Hardware Engineers Cost Estimators
Electrical Engineers Training and Development Specialists 
Healthcare Practioners & Technical Information Technology (IT)
Registered Nurses  Software Developers
Pharmacists Computer User Support Specialists
Physician Assistants Computer Systems Analysts
Dental Hygienists  Network/Computer Systems Administrators


Tier 2 Occupation Examples

Tier 2 Occupation Examples

Skilled Trades Office & Administrative Support
Electricians Customer Service Representatives
Construction Equipment Operators  Receptionists/Information Clerks
Plumbers, Pipefitters, Steamfitters  Medical Secretaries
Carpenters Billing and Posting Clerks/Machine Operators
Healthcare Support Education, Social Services
Nursing Assistants (CNA) Teacher Assistants
Home Health Aides Preschool Teachers
Medical Assistants Education, Guidance and Vocational Counselors
Licensed Practical Nurses Mental Health Counselors


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