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Wild West: Top 10 Hot Employment and Travel Opportunities in Wyoming

Updated on December 1, 2015
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The Real Wild West

A genuine Wild West state, Wyoming was purchsed as territory by the United States in 1803. It was part of the French land bought with the Louisiana Purchase, a huge expanse of wilderness that many in the USA called a foolish investment in wasteland. Not so! Natural wonders, valuable natural resources, and Yellowstone National Park are very much worth the initial investment. When President Theodore Roosevelt later explored the territory and state for potential national park lands, he was delighted.

Early Women's Rights

After the American Civil War, Wyoming Territory was organized in 1869. The territory's women were the very first in USA to be allowed to vote.

Other Firsts

  • First County Public Libraries: The Laramie County Public Library System: August 1886.
  • First National Park: Yellowstone National Park, 1872.
  • First National Forest: Shoshone National Forest, 1891. Its Wapiti Ranger Station was the first in the nation as well.
  • First National Monument: Devil's Tower, desingated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906.

Agriculture

Farmlands are not only a strong part of the state economy, but interesting tourist attractions as well. Wyoming has recently placed second in the US for wool production and third in sheep and lambs; but also boasts 1.5 million head of cattle. Agricultural crops include oats, wheat, corn sugar beets, alfalfa, barley; with sustainability in mind and bio-diesel enterprises spreading.

National Park System In Wyoming

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Elk National Refuge

Wapiti
Wapiti

Jackson Hole Valley, Wyoming.
Jackson Hole Valley, Wyoming.

10th Greatest Place to Stand in the USA

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Old Faithful Geyser, Wyoming:
Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, WY, USA

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Old Faithful was voted Number 10 out of 100 Greatest Places to Stand in the USA by readers of Stoodthere.com in 2009.

Top 10 High Demand Jobs

Total jobs listed across all Internet sources reveal the following Top 10 Hot Jobs advertised in Wyoming from early 2009 to the present, with major surges beginning in 2013.

  1. Truck Drivers
  2. Truck Owner-Operators
  3. UPS Package Handlers and Supervisors
  4. Physicians – Family Practice, Internal Medicine,
  5. Physical Therapists
  6. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  7. Salespeople (especially in Insurance Sales)
  8. Occupational Therapists
  9. Assistant Managers
  10. Healthcare Food & Nutrition Aides

Additional High Demand Jobs

Pharmacy Managers, Medical Technologists, and Event Planners.

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Top Hiring Employers

These are major sources for full-time and part-time employment:

  1. Pizza Hut and Taco Bell
  2. Cheyenne Regional Med Center
  3. Locumtenens.com – Health and medical recruiters
  4. Wyoming Division of HR
  5. State of Wyoming – Government
  6. CompHealth
  7. Medical Connections
  8. Brookhaven National Laboratory
  9. K-Mart – Full and part-time, crew and management
  10. United Medical Center
  11. Wyoming Medical Center
  12. Synertx
  13. Vail Resorts
  14. LifePoint Hospitals
  15. PacifiCorp

President Theodore Roosevelt at Yellowstone in 1904.
President Theodore Roosevelt at Yellowstone in 1904.

Government Estimates of Hot Jobs

Summary and Explanation

Federal, State and County governments project or forecast occupational titles they see as probable to offer the most job listings in the future. These projections are compiled every two years and those represented below are of public record and extend through 2016 or 2018.

If you compare sets of projections from biennial forecasts, it is not unusual for you to find some overlap of job titles. A marked difference would be seen in cases of unexpected events like that of the large oil discovery in New Town, North Dakota; or early layoffs art several large companies in a state in the same few months’ time.

Compare the High Demand Jobs listed above with the Government Estimates and look for matches, remembering that the estimated Hot Jobs are expected to appear in job listings throughout the 10 years of the projections, but may cluster in just a few of these years or may appear all at once in one or two years.

If projected titles appear on the job listings, they may not appear 12 months form now, and titles not appearing may or may not appear in the top slots at any time. At the same time, these forecasts are re-done every two years to stay up to date with economic and job market needs, are likely never 100% accurate, and are to be used as a guideline.

Government Forecasts of Most Job Openings to 2016:

  1. Mechanical Drafters
  2. Civil Engineering Technicians
  3. Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians
  4. Industrial Engineering Technicians
  5. Other Engineering Technicians, except Drafters
  6. Surveying and Mapping Technicians
  7. Life Scientists
  8. Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists and Other Biological Scientists
  9. Conservation Scientists
  10. Foresters

Government Forecasts for Highest Percentage of Increases:

All of these jobs are in EDUCATION:

  1. Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary [91% increase from 2006 - 2016]
  2. Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary
  3. Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
  4. Primary, Secondary, and Special Education School Teachers
  5. Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
  6. Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
  7. Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
  8. Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education
  9. Vocational Education Teachers, Middle School
  10. Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education
  11. Vocational Education Teachers, Secondary School
  12. Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School
  13. Special Education Teachers, Middle School
  14. Special Education Teachers, Secondary School
  15. Other Teachers and Instructors
  16. Adult Literacy, Remedial Education, and GED Teachers and Instructors
  17. Teachers and Instructors, All Other
  18. Librarians, Curators, and Archivists
  19. Archivists
  20. Curators
  21. Museum Technicians and Conservators
  22. Librarians
  23. Library Technicians
  24. Other Education, Training, and Library Occupations
  25. Audio-Visual Collections

Largest Employers in Wyoming

The following employers and companies maintain the largest employee groups in Wyoming. They may not always be hiring the largest number of workers at any given time.

  1. University Of Wyoming - Laramie
  2. Natrona County Schools - Casper
  3. Cheyenne Regional Medical Center - Cheyenne
  4. Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (2nd site) - Cheyenne
  5. Air National Guard - Cheyenne
  6. Wyoming Medical Center - Casper
  7. FMC Industrial Chemicals Group - Green River
  8. Jackson Lake Lodge - Moran
  9. North Antelope Mine - Wright
  10. Powder River Coal - Wright
  11. Walmart Distribution - Cheyenne
  12. Sierra Trading Post - Cheyenne
  13. Halliburton - Rock Springs
  14. Walmart Supercenters - Cheyenne
  15. Campbell County Memorial Hospital - Gillette
  16. Dept. of Highway Development - Cheyenne
  17. Dept. of Highway Safety - Cheyenne
  18. Transportation Dept. - Cheyenne
  19. Thunder Basin Coal - Gillette
  20. General Chemical Soda Ash - Green River

© 2010 Patty Inglish MS

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    • WesternHistory profile image

      WesternHistory 

      7 years ago from California

      Excellent hub on Wyoming. Enjoyed reading. Great pictures.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Wonderful hub on Wyoming and full of information.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

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

      LOL you make me laugh - Ohma, some places I've been, some virtually, some through the eys of friends living there. Saves time, doesn't it?

      Hello, hello and anasshad - thanks for visiting and posting comments!

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      Ohma 

      8 years ago

      Patty Honestly is there any place you haven't been?

      Just kidding. Thank you for helping to make Hubtrail a rousing success.

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      Anas Shad 

      8 years ago from Pakistan

      Magnificent maam its good to be your fan can you please take a look at my hubs and give me some advice. yours grateful anasshad

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a wonderful read and pictures. I really enjoyed it.

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