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Pike's Peak - 15 Hot New Jobs in the Best Places to Move

Updated on July 5, 2012
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Parker author, Richard Pearson

Best Places to Move for a Job through 2025

Parker, Colorado near Pike's Peak and a suburb of Denver is the Number Four best place in America to move to find work It was so-named by Forbes.com during the years 2009 and 2011. A major reason for this determination is that 60% of the town's population emigrated from a state other than Colorado or from a country outside the USA. Another reason is the local economic council's growth plans through 2025.

Parker is just 20 southeast of Denver and its large metro area, offering a major airport and several highways and reliable transportation for passenger and business/shipping purposes. In addition, ARRA Stimulus funding of approximately $15 Million is put to good use in Parker as it is applied to improving and extending the local water system.

Additional ARRA funds' improvement of I-70 about 10 miles northeast of Parker will boost transportation infrastructure and draw additional businesses and residents to the area.

Parker CO author Richard S. Pearson

Parker boasts a successful author that writes to help people maintain employment or find a job even during tough times and a recession. Richard S. Pearson advances his 5 Necessary Skills to help you succeed in job search and your own advancement. They are:

  1. How to be proactive
  2. How to recognize and attend to what’s going on in your company
  3. How to succeed at networking
  4. How to find a mentor
  5. How to deal with bad bosses

These are five elements that can save you from job loss and propel you to the top of the career ladder.

Devner-Aurora Metro Area, including Parker

Parker is just southeast of Denver.
Parker is just southeast of Denver.

Background

Native Americans - especially the Arapaho, Cheyenne and Ute Nations- were the first inhabitants of the Parker area until about 1848, followed by the Gold Rush in 1858 that brought settlers West in hopes of fortune. A Post Office was established in 1863 and a sense of permanence surrounded that event. Then a way station called 20 mile House was constructed near the post office. The Cherokee Trail and two other very well worn paths led past Parker, stage coach lines followed quickly, then the railroads, and today's I-70 and state route 83 and others. After the Gold Rush, dairy farming, land-based agriculture, and livestock became important contributors to the local economy.

Parker was founded by a family of that name at the end of the Civil war, in 1864 and was not incorporated until over 100 years later in 1981 (pop. 285). The town expended so quickly in the 1990s and 2000s, because of the work of professionally planned real estate development in attracting new residents and businesses. Home to some 48,000 people in 2009, Greater Parker was expanded almost single-handedly by one real estate developer. This is developer Jim Nicholson, former United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs (2005 - 07). Previosyly, he had worked in law, real estate, and municipal funding. This work was followed by additional development through the local economic development council and the town miraculously boomed like many other suburbs listed by Forbes.com on its Best 25 Places to Move. Downtown Parker is different from other urban areas across the nation in that it is a mix of Old Western and Victorian buildings and shops.

Additional Top Jobs in Denver

  1. Autoplant Piping Designers
  2. Certified Nurse's Aides (CNAs)
  3. Sales Engineers
  4. Account Executives
  5. HR Directors
  6. Sr. Regional Channel Acct Mgrs
  7. Senior Accountants
  8. Occupational Therapists
  9. Accountant/Analyst- SAP Reportwriters
  10. Physical Therapists

Top Job Listings Within 15 Miles of Parker

As a suburb, Parker is 20 miles from Denver and 22,000+ jobs. With in the 15-mile radius, approximately 7,500 positions are available (July - August '09 from SimlyHired.com and Indeed.com). The top jobs listings are:

  1. Business Analysts
  2. Drivers - Drivers for Elite Services, driving custom-painted vehicles displaying advertising. Up to $500 per week earnings. HQ in nearby Aurora.
  3. Senior Accountants
  4. Patient Services Technician Specialists
  5. Accounting Managers
  6. Sales Associates/Salespersons
  7. Sr. Regulatory Affairs Professionals
  8. Daycare/Preschool Teachers
  9. Sales Managers
  10. Software Engineers
  11. Customer Service Reps
  12. Shift Leaders
  13. Assistant Managers
  14. Seasonal employment in retail, hospitality, and related fields.
  15. Sales Representatives

 

Top Employers in the Parker Area

There are substantial numbers of job openings available in Parker, Colorado and nearby citites and towns. The Top 20 Employers listing these openings include:

  1. Dish Network
  2. Raytheon
  3. AppleOne
  4. Robert Half Finance and Accounting
  5. Aerotek
  6. Kaiser Permanente
  7. Energy Placement
  8. HCA - The Healthcare Company
  9. Children's Hospital
  10. Centura Health
  11. All About Staffing
  12. Arrow Electronics
  13. Cricket Communications
  14. CIBER
  15. Petsmart
  16. CH2M Hill
  17. TW Telecom
  18. Swedish Medical Center
  19. Parker Adventist Hospital
  20. University of Colorado Hospital

 

Job Surge in Parker Since 2010

"Most Jobs"

For sheer numbers of jobs to open from 2008 - 2018, these job titles are to offer the most openings:

  1. Food Prep & Service
  2. Healthcare Practitioners & Techs
  3. Food & Beverage Service (Waitstaff)
  4. Business and Financial 
  5. Health/Medical Practitioners
  6. Computer Specialists
  7. Computer/Mathematics jobs
  8. Personal Care occupations
  9. Education, Training, and Library
  10. Business Operations Specialists

Comparison with Government Projections to 2018

State and federal projections of job titles in the Denver-Aurora Metro Area, including Parker, Colorado and are predicted to expan employment opportunities by the highest percentages from 2008 - 2018 include:

  1. Personal/Home Care Aides
  2. Gaming Surveillance Officers & Investigators
  3. Skin Care Specialists
  4. Pharmacy Technicians
  5. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  6. Forensic Science Technicians
  7. Manicurists & Pedicurists
  8. Court Reporters
  9. Detectives & Criminal Investigators ("CSI")
  10. Medical Assistants
  11. Gaming Supervisors
  12. Social Workers in Mental Health & Substance Abuse Counseling
  13. Computer Software Applications Engineers
  14. Pharmacists
  15. Physical Therapist Assistants

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