Project Jobs: Colorado’s hottest jobs

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DENVER -- For recent Colorado transplant Mike Baldwin and his girlfriend, everything has worked out pretty well.

"Well we moved out here together, got here the last day of 2011," Baldwin said.

Right away, they both got jobs.  Employers were falling all over themselves to hire the two.  And it gets better: they only work four days a week.  They're ultrasound technicians.  It’s one of the hottest professions in Colorado right now.

"It's recession proof, people are always getting sick and we need to have the professionals to take care of them," said Dave Blanco, recruiter for Rose Medical Center in Denver.

He says he's getting more applications than ever before - for all positions.  He's hiring 30 to 40 people a month, because the medical field is red hot.

"Health care continues to be strong," said Richard Wobbekind, Senior Associate Dean at the Leeds Business School at the University of Colorado.   He says hospital work is just one of many industries on the uptick in Colorado.

"In the last six months, Colorado has really accelerated in terms of job growth, and has passed other parts of the country," he said.

Four times a year, Wobbekind puts out a forecast of Colorado's hot jobs.  If you're looking for work right now, take notes.  Right now: marketing, accounting, and architecture are hiring.

If you don't have the education for those, Wobbekind says retail jobs are on the rise here... so are jobs in Colorado's tourism and hospitality industry.

What fields aren’t so hot in Colorado right now?  Jobs in manufacturing and media.

You don't have to tell that to Penny Parker.

"I was fired in an elevator, by a 33 year old," she said.

The popular Denver Post columnist was let go from her job just last month, because of the downturn in the newspaper industry.  Her reaction?

“Complete devastation, like my feet had been kicked out from under me.  What was I going to do?  Where was I going to go?  How was I going to be relevant?” she said.

Like so many others in her predicament, Parker was forced to reinvent herself.  Now she’s an online writer (click here to read her column).  

We’ll be highlighting more hot jobs in Colorado throughout the week.  And to read more about the latest CU Leeds School of Business Confidence Index, highlighting the hottest jobs in Colorado, visit CU Leeds School of Business.


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