Colorado’s workforce has unique engineering opportunities in agriculture, mining, environmental conservation and important national defense facilities. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and several air force facilities, including the United States Air Force Academy, are major employers.
Other government agencies that call Colorado “home” include the U.S. Geological Survey and the federal Supermax Prison. The diversity in the state’s industries makes it an interesting place to live, visit or attend school.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering is widely growing in California, with an increased employment rate of agricultural engineers at 21.9%, materials engineers at 27.8%, and mining and geological engineers at 21.5%.
Here are some other larger companies in Colorado that hire engineering professionals: Dish Network, Western Union, Liberty Global Inc., Level 3 Communication, Molson Coors Brewing, Echostar Corp., Woodward Inc., Ciber Inc. and TW Telecom.
Engineering Education in Colorado
The Centennial State has a wide range of schools, from the public universities and colleges to the private and nonprofit colleges. Schools, such as the Colorado School of Mines, offer engineering degrees in a variety of fields. Students can get degrees in Architectural Engineering, Engineering General, Systems Engineering and more.
Colorado Technical University, a private for-profit school, offers Computer Engineering and Electrical Electronic / Communications Engineering. The University of Colorado at Boulder and other state university and colleges offer bachelor, post-baccalaureate certificate, master and doctorate degrees.
Outlook for Engineering Jobs in Colorado
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates slow to normal job growth rate for engineers from 2010 to 2020. Generally, Colorado has higher than normal employment for engineers, making it an excellent state to work in.
Civil engineers in Colorado have the fourth highest concentration of jobs in the nation, and computer hardware engineers have the fifth highest concentration of jobs. Aerospace engineers in Denver-Aurora-Broomfield area are in the top ten states for employment, and in the Colorado Springs area, their earnings are in top five mean annual wages for a metropolitan area in the nation.