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Careers with Most Openings
These are the occupations that were expected to have the most annual job openings for the 10-year period of 2016 to 2026 (for states) or 2019 to 2029 (for the United States overall). Please note that these projections do not account for the impacts of the current pandemic. Many occupations are likely to have very different numbers of job openings due to the rapidly changing economy. When revised data are available, they will be published here.
We found 655 occupations with openings in Colorado.
Rank Occupation
2016
Employment
Projected Annual Job Openings Earnings Typical Education
1
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
66,780
15,880
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
2
Retail salespersons
85,760
15,360
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
3
Cashiers
60,620
12,700
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
4
Waiters and waitresses
54,270
12,170
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
5
Customer service representatives
45,000
7,100
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
6
Office clerks, general
47,090
6,420
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
7
Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive
51,080
6,360
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
8
Cooks, restaurant
31,180
6,170
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
9
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners
38,210
6,080
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
10
Personal care aides
25,890
5,650
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
11
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand
32,490
5,410
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
12
Stock clerks and order fillers
32,440
5,040
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
13
Business operations specialists, all other
43,780
4,780
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
14
Registered nurses
49,100
4,720
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
15
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers
31,550
4,610
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
16
General and operations managers
43,620
4,540
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
17
Accountants and auditors
37,330
4,510
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
18
Construction laborers
27,800
4,050
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
19
Maids and housekeeping cleaners
22,520
3,770
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
20
Sales representatives, services, all other
26,050
3,720
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
21
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products
30,820
3,600
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
22
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
25,380
3,350
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
23
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks
29,480
3,300
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearSome college, no degree
24
Nursing assistants
20,040
3,300
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
25
Receptionists and information clerks
19,880
3,150
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
26
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
23,890
3,050
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
27
First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers
15,910
2,910
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
28
Maintenance and repair workers, general
23,760
2,880
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
29
Electricians
17,970
2,820
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
30
Bartenders
13,590
2,770
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
31
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop
9,760
2,770
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
32
Elementary school teachers, except special education
26,420
2,750
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
33
Software developers, applications
26,370
2,680
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
34
Carpenters
20,480
2,640
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
35
Childcare workers
14,040
2,630
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
36
Home health aides
13,710
2,630
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
37
Light truck or delivery services drivers
18,710
2,550
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
38
Security guards
15,600
2,420
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
39
Teacher assistants
18,760
2,410
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearSome college, no degree
40
Food preparation workers
10,930
2,350
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
41
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
20,000
2,340
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
42
Market research analysts and marketing specialists
16,060
2,240
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
43
Counter and rental clerks
14,140
2,220
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
44
Amusement and recreation attendants
7,900
2,210
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
45
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists
13,030
2,150
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
46
First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers
15,680
2,100
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
47
Managers, all other
19,890
1,760
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
48
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors
8,640
1,750
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
49
Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education
16,660
1,670
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
50
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers
7,890
1,640
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
51
Insurance sales agents
13,220
1,610
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
52
Dishwashers
8,570
1,600
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
53
Medical assistants
10,070
1,560
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
54
Coaches and scouts
8,990
1,520
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearBachelor's degree
55
Recreation workers
7,770
1,520
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
56
Computer user support specialists
14,320
1,490
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearSome college, no degree
57
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
9,570
1,430
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
58
Software developers, systems software
14,240
1,430
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
59
Automotive service technicians and mechanics
14,300
1,420
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
60
Cooks, institution and cafeteria
8,320
1,410
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
61
Massage therapists
9,620
1,390
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
62
Nonfarm animal caretakers
6,650
1,390
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
63
Management analysts
11,190
1,370
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
64
Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education
13,200
1,370
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
65
Food servers, nonrestaurant
7,730
1,350
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
66
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators
9,650
1,340
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
67
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop
4,670
1,330
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
68
Human resources specialists
11,370
1,320
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
69
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks
6,550
1,300
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
70
Information and record clerks, all other
9,520
1,290
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
71
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents
11,880
1,260
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
72
Preschool teachers, except special education
8,680
1,240
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearAssociate's degree
73
Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers
4,510
1,220
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
74
Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants
10,980
1,170
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
75
Packers and packagers, hand
7,000
1,150
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
76
Real estate sales agents
9,300
1,110
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
77
Industrial truck and tractor operators
8,220
1,090
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
78
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment
6,590
1,070
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
79
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse
6,010
1,070
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
80
Computer occupations, all other
12,030
1,050
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
81
Cooks, fast food
7,470
1,050
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
82
Construction managers
10,770
1,040
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
83
Bus drivers, school or special client
6,370
1,030
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
84
Lawyers
14,630
1,010
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
85
Telemarketers
6,160
1,010
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
86
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks
8,980
1,000
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
87
Computer systems analysts
9,320
990
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
88
Driver/sales workers
7,220
980
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
89
Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers
3,280
980
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
90
Civil engineers
9,160
970
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
91
Protective service workers, all other
3,590
970
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
92
Dental assistants
6,830
960
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
93
Network and computer systems administrators
11,310
960
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
94
Billing and posting clerks
6,610
900
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
95
Painters, construction and maintenance
6,920
900
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearNo formal educational credential
96
Child, family, and school social workers
6,720
880
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
97
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
8,540
870
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
98
Self-enrichment education teachers
5,640
870
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
99
Cement masons and concrete finishers
5,510
860
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearNo formal educational credential
100
Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals
4,340
840
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential