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Exciting Colorado Jobs in Bio-Technologies and Aviation

Updated on June 12, 2017
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Ms. Inglish is a successful employment & training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

First Martian Colony as it may appear.
First Martian Colony as it may appear. | Source

Booming Healthcare Fields in Colorado to the 2030s

Bioscience is Booming

Colorado Bioscience Park opened in Aurora, Colorado in the Greater Denver Area on the former Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center property. AS such, it became a major hub for many efforts that increase health and well being in America and other countries as well as the state.

In the 2010s, the biosciences are extremely important for NASA's Mission to Mars, in particular the Astronaut Class of 2013 that contains several male and female physicians and is training seriously to become the first crew to land on that planet.

These sciences are also important to the Mars Society's Martian life simulations in domed habitats in the Western USA. These sciences help to determine how to provide clean air and water, along with food to the astronauts and commercial travelers that will fly to Mars.

This research and development park is currently operated by the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority, with 6,000 jobs provided to workers during their first year of operation. Another 25,000 positions were offered in 2008., with additional jobs added each year as the program and need for its services and products expands.

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus: Aurora, Colorado
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus: Aurora, Colorado | Source

What's at the Bioscience Park?

The park houses the University of Colorado, The Children’s Hospital of Denver, and University Hospital, along with numerous commercial bioscience companies and other businesses. This is a huge and advancing complex of

  • Academics,
  • Healthcare, and
  • Business.

Jobs in this expanding and growing bioscience park are expected to continue to develop within the coming decades and throughout the century. The hospitals completed build-outs in 2008, and commercial businesses will continue build-outs though 2027.

People that have a science degree or commercial lab experience might try for an internship somewhere in the park for experience to put toward bioscience careers.

Students with science and technical backgrounds boosted by internships are excellent candidates for research and development positions in the private sector as well. The bioscience park complex offers entry-level jobs in lab tech, manufacturing, and quality assurance (QA).

Wages for a medical and clinical lab techs averaged $16.37/hour in 2007, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

In bioscience, job seekers must have skills in the essential areas of communication and teamwork as well as the biological sciences, engineering, and related fields. Most employers are looking for these interactive skills in job candidates.

Not a Science Person?

Non-science job seekers are also needed at Colorado Bioscience Park. For instance, Gambro BCT looks for entry-level assemblers for work in a clean room (e.g., no dust) to produce sets for Gambro’s machines. There is more hiring to be done at Gambro in IT, customer service, sales, and other important areas.

Changing Careers?

Colorado Bioscience Park is also good for career-changers. Computer science and other IT-related professionals with experience help the various park researchers with database management, new drug design and development, and several additional, vital functions.

Top job candidates in the park have science backgrounds and/or a certificates in biotechnologies.

The Community College of Aurora, Colorado offers such a two-year certificate near the park. Job seekers can complete this program or take a few science courses to add to their resumes and enhance their chances for hire.

Denver-Aurora Bioscience Area

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Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center:
Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Denver, CO 80045, USA

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A new Veterans Hospital was completed near Aurora by the end of 2016 to serve increasing numbers of injured veterans in the state.

Veterans Hospital, Aurora CO:
13701 E Mississippi Ave, Aurora, CO 80012, USA

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State Capitol in Denver
State Capitol in Denver | Source

Fastest Growing Job Titles

These businesses recovered and grew after the Great Recession and remain important to the economy:

  1. Broadcasting and telecommunications,
  2. Aviation and computer hardware manufacturing.

Jobs that continue to experience stability and growth:

  1. Mortician,
  2. Tax Collector,
  3. Construction Worker,
  4. Waste Disposal Manager.

Other Growing Jobs in Denver and Colorado include Medical and Health:

  1. Nursing: RN, LPN,
  2. Physician Assistant,
  3. Bioengineer,
  4. Prosthetics,
  5. Recreational Therapy,
  6. Nutrition,
  7. Personal Trainer,
  8. Health Club Manager.

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Colorado Government News Releases.

Top Advertised Jobs 2016 - 2017

During Spring 2016, 55,000 jobs were advertised, with these leading job titles:

  1. Registered Nurses: Licensed RNs, including Travel Nurses
  2. Software Engineers and Project Managers: IT, biotechnologies, aerospace technologies
  3. Other Nursing: RN Specialties; LPN, LVN, technologies; NPs
  4. Administrative Assistants
  5. Dental Assistants
  6. Assistant Managers
  7. Retail Salespeople and Managers: Includes biotechnology products
  8. Java Developers
  9. Business Analysts
  10. .net Developers
  11. Pharmacists
  12. Occupational Therapists
  13. Food Service Chains: Jobs at all levels
  14. Cooks in a variety of settings

Source: Author tracking of largest successful job search engines 2016 - 2017.

Highest Demand Jobs Expected to 2020

  1. Gaming Surveillance Officers and Gaming Investigators
  2. Personal Care and Home Health Aides
  3. Cooks, Private Household
  4. Pharmacy Technicians
  5. Gaming Managers and Supervisors
  6. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  7. Curators
  8. Medical Assistants
  9. Air Traffic Controllers
  10. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, all levels
  11. Physician Assistants
  12. Forensic Science Technicians
  13. Physical Therapist Assistants
  14. Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides
  15. Cardiovascular Techs
  16. Radiation Therapists
  17. Dental Hygienists and Assistants
  18. Computer Software Engineers, Applications
  19. Surgical Technologists
  20. Healthcare Support

Sources: US Bureau of Labor Statistics; Colorado State Government Statistics

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