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College Town Review: Jobs Double in Boulder, Colorado

Updated on June 15, 2013
Boulder evening view from US Route 36.
Boulder evening view from US Route 36.

University of Colorado College Town

Boulder, Colorado is home to over 97,000 people in 2013 with young median age of 29.; and, according to Sperling's Best Places, 70% of the population is unmarried. Boulder supports employment for nearly 98,000 workers, some being commuters from Denver and its suburbs. Boulder is the target of ongoing community and business development through a long-term, 25-year development plan operated by city officials, who expect contined growth.

The population of the city grew gradually from 1890 to 1950, when it shot up geometrically from 1950 to 2009. Declining somewhat in 2010, the population began to grow thereafter. The city has grown as a suburb of Denver, a scant 28 miles away among other suburbs of Broomfield, Westminster, Littleton, Thornton, Lakewood, Aurora, Centennial, Englewood, and several others within the Route 400 and E-470 Outerbelt Route 36, The Denver-Boulder Turnpike runs Southeast to Broomfield, just 13 miles away and the location of a sizable portion of Boulder jobs.

The Top 10 Local Employers include the following:

  1. University of Colorado
  2. IBM Corporation
  3. Boulder Valley School District RE2
  4. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation
  5. Community Hospital Association
  6. University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
  7. Covidien
  8. City of Boulder Government
  9. Amgen
  10. Boulder County Government

Boulder, Colorado

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Boulder Job Trends - Significant Increase In Jobs Maintained During 2012 - 2013

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Boulder demonstrated two increased in jobs listed via Internet, one in June and the other in October 2009. A 3rd increase in the 4th Qtr 2009 is marked by Health, Finance/Sales jobs.  Data provided by, a job search engine.
Boulder demonstrated two increased in jobs listed via Internet, one in June and the other in October 2009. A 3rd increase in the 4th Qtr 2009 is marked by Health, Finance/Sales jobs.  Data provided by, a job search engine.
Boulder demonstrated two increased in jobs listed via Internet, one in June and the other in October 2009. A 3rd increase in the 4th Qtr 2009 is marked by Health, Finance/Sales jobs. Data provided by, a job search engine. | Source

Boulder Jobs Double 2009 - 2013 reports that the change in numbers of jobs advertised in May 2012 compared to May 2013 in the Denver Area is a positive 45%.

In Mid-June 2013, over 68, 500 jobs were listed within 25 miles of the city center of Boulder. This is twice as many job istings as found the same period in 2009.

Best Hiring Companies

  1. Exempla Healthcare
  2. Centura Health
  3. Denver Health and Hospital Authority
  4. University of Colorado
  5. Kaiser Permanente
  6. HealthONE
  7. Supplemental Health Care
  8. Lockhee Martin
  9. American Mobile Healthcare
  10. Ball Aerospace
  11. Raytheon
  12. Covidien
  13. Accenture
  14. HCA healthcare
  15. Broookdale Senior Living
  16. MarkWest Energy

Top 15 High Demand Job Listings

  1. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  2. Truck Drivers
  3. Medical Assistants
  4. Software Engineers
  5. Physicians
  6. Project Managers
  7. Retail Salespeople
  8. IT Systems Managers
  9. Quality Engineers and Managers
  10. Asssistant and Associate Professors
  11. Professional Researchers
  12. Automotive Technicians
  13. Physical Therapists
  14. Research Associates
  15. Store Managers

Boulder Falls (photos this page publci domain).
Boulder Falls (photos this page publci domain).

Government-Projected Fastest Growing Jobs to 2018

The state government predicts that the fastest growing occupational titles in the Boulder-Longmont labor market will be:

  1. IT/Computer Specialists - listed above.
  2. Food Prep and Service - listed above
  3. Registered Nurses (RNs) - listed above.
  4. Personal and Health Aides
  5. Postesecondary Teachers - college level. Listed above.
  6. Software Engineers - listed above.
  7. Business Operations Specialists
  8. Health Techs
  9. Doctors and other Primary Healthcare Practitioners
  10. K-12 and Special Education Teachers - Denver Public Schools is a leading hiring company.

Coors Brewery and Golden, Colorado (another suburb). Denver is seen in the background.
Coors Brewery and Golden, Colorado (another suburb). Denver is seen in the background.

Higher Education In and Near Boulder

  • Arts Insitute of Colorado
  • Boulder Valley Technical Center
  • The Coach Training Alliance - Life Coaches
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Colorado Technical University
  • DeVry University
  • Emily Griffith Opportunity School - Adult career educaton and High School.
  • Heritage College
  • Homeopathy School of Colorado
  • Front Range Community College
  • Lexicon College
  • Longs Peak Academy
  • Metropolitan State College
  • Naropa University
  • Pepperdine University at Boulder
  • Rasmussen College
  • Regis University
  • Red Rocks Community College
  • Redstone College
  • Rivendell College
  • Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
  • Rocky Mountain Film Center
  • The Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration‎
  • Sann Research Insitute
  • Southwest Acupuncture College‎
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Yorktown University
  • Westwood College


The American Bison is the mascot of the University of Colorado. For sports events, a team of cowboys accompany the bison into the arena.
The American Bison is the mascot of the University of Colorado. For sports events, a team of cowboys accompany the bison into the arena.

Highlight: Colorado School of Mines

In December of '09, approximately 11,000 mining jobs were open in the US in the following job titles:

  1. Engineering Technicians
  2. Engineering Aids
  3. Supply Chain Technical Analysts
  4. Electricians
  5. Metals Guide
  6. Insulation Workers
  7. Project Managers
  8. Mining Engineers
  9. Senior Geotechnical Professionals

Colorado School of Mines offers programs and degrees that ready professionals for mining careers, which include alternate energy and alternative fuels, not only coal. The website of the school in nearby Golden, Colorado, is located here:

Study and degree programs include:

The Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry:

  • BS in Chemistry with focus on Applied Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, or Geochemistry.
  • Graduate degrees: Chemistry, Applied Chemistry - MS and PhD.
  • Additional graduate degrees: 1) MS, Professional Master's Degree, and PhD in Geochemistry. and 2) MS and PhD in Materials Science, Hydrological Sciences, and Engineering.

Graduate students receive various stipends to support their study and work each year of their study and research.

The education received from this school can also lead graduates to jobs in chemistry and geology besides those in mining.

Downtown Denver.
Downtown Denver.

Attraction and Events

Boulder features a number of vineyards and breweries that offer tours and tastings to groups and individuals on tour. Boulder and Longmont each have their own Farmer's Market, a concept that is growing in popularity across America in its homegrown localvore flavor.

Just a few of the other Boulder attractions include:

  • Boulder History Museum
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Boulder International Fringe Festival - A yearly arts festival in August, this event is full of independent artists of all genres, and advertised as totally unjuried and uncensored. Just 6 years old in 2009, the festival traces its beginning back to 1947 Scotland. You may find puppets and circus art alongside dane and theater. Visit the website at:
  • Boulder International Film Festival - Held in the winter.
  • Colorado Shakespeare Festival
  • Celestial Seasonings Tea Company
  • Boulder Dam and Reservoir
  • Chautauqua Park & Auditorium
  • Frequent Flyers - An aerial dance company.
  • Historic Downtown Boulder - A revitalized downtown are with an ongoing development plan usually spurs economic and residential growth and provides a wonderful shopping, cultural, and gathering place.

Downtown Boulder

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    • gramsmith profile image


      9 years ago

      Thanks for this nice hub...........

    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      9 years ago from Great Britain

      I've never been to Colorado, but those beautiful pictures make me want to . Another great, informative hub Patty. Thanks

    • JYOTI KOTHARI profile image

      Jyoti Kothari 

      9 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Patty,

      Thanks for sharing the knowledge. It is particularly important to let the people inform about jobs. Job less ration in US is over 10 percent now.

      I wonder one thing how can a population of 104 k supports 98 k jobs?

      Thanks and thumbs up!

      Jyoti Kothari

    • Lita C. Malicdem profile image

      Lita C. Malicdem 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Very informative hub to job seekers. Posting here the frequent listers of job openings is of great help to them.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      @propeshka - One of my volunteer tutors worked for the Census in 2000 and showed me a lot of knowledge about it, so I've retained quite an interest year to year.

      @Hello, hello - The West as a whole is breathaking to me. Thanks for commenting.

      @dusanotes - I've never seen the football team, myself, but have seen photos and films of the cowboys and bison mascot - fun to watch!

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      9 years ago from Windermere, FL

      I've watched their football team. They play in the Mountain West Conference. Yes, it is a great, upbeat town. All you say it is. Nice Hub. Don White

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for yur inspiring hub. Beautiful photos of the cities.

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      9 years ago

      Somebody is very familiar with the US Census Bureau!


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