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Boulder Employment

Employment and Industries in the Boulder, Colorado Area

Science and technology are the major industries in Boulder. The city is also known for its economic diversity and academic resources. The area has developed prominent high-technology, aerospace and electronic industries with the assistance of the research performed at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The university and the numerous technology and research-oriented companies attract many college graduates and professionals into Boulder's labor market.

The economy is bolstered by the numerous defense contractors, satellite and communication firms and research centers. The flourishing technology sector has also increased Boulder's manufacturing sector. In addition, the economy is also powered by healthcare, education and the government.

Boulder includes a developing renewable energy sector. In addition, the municipality is expected to have a large impact on environmental sustainability and other global issues.

Jobs that are more common in the Boulder area when compared to most cities are atmospheric and space scientists, computer hardware engineers, physicists, social scientists and related workers, chemists, electronic engineers, chemical technicians, chemical engineers, aerospace engineers and environmental scientists and specialists, including health.

The major non-agricultural sectors for jobs in Boulder are shown below:

  • Government
  • Professional and business services
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Manufacturing
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Information
  • Finance

Boulder's Economic Vitality Program offers a variety of assistance. The program's objective is to attract new companies and help existing companies expand. The program supports numerous industry clusters including bioscience, software, natural and organic food, sustainable technologies and creative services. In addition, the Colorado FIRST/Existing Industry Customized Training Programs fund employee training for transferable jobs skills in order to enhance a company's ability to compete in the marketplace and to enhance long-term job opportunities of employees.

Notable data about Boulder: The percentage of Boulder residents over the age of 25 that hold a bachelor's degree or higher is substantially higher than the nation's average. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 117.5. The nation's average is 100. In 2007 the estimated median household income was $52,000.

Shown below is a list of the major employers in the Boulder area:

  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • IBM Corp
  • Boulder Valley School District
  • Sun Microsystems Inc
  • Storage Technology Corp
  • Ball Corp
  • St. Vrain School District
  • Electronic Data Systems Corp
  • Boulder Community Hospital
  • Level 3 Communications Inc
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Covidien
  • City of Boulder
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Amgen
  • Micro Motion
  • Crispin Porter + Bogusky
  • Crocs
  • Polycom
  • Qualcom
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Celestial Seasonings
  • Medtronic
  • Digital Globe
  • Pangea Organics
  • Rally Software Development Corp

Boulder companies have access to business organizations such as:

The Daily Camera.com offers up-to-date information regarding the business activities in Boulder.

Jobs in Boulder

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 176230 $60390 $29.04 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 23060 $39720 $19.1 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 18280 $25710 $12.36 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 18200 $52000 $25 10.15
5 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 12860 $94330 $45.35 2.8
6 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 12520 $81310 $39.09 5.05
7 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 11660 $62840 $30.21 6.15
8 Management Occupations 9210 $135500 $65.15 6.05
9 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 9130 $85680 $41.19 5.75
10 Production Occupations 8980 $38970 $18.74 5.85
11 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 7430 $97150 $46.71 1.65
12 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 6320 $86240 $41.46 0.9
13 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 6150 $38210 $18.37 6.45
14 Retail Salespersons 5490 $32680 $15.71 3.1
15 Personal Care and Service Occupations 5490 $33730 $16.22 4.1
16 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 5030 $22400 $10.77 2.15
17 Software Developers, Applications 4540 $107270 $51.57 0.5
18 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 4540 $29740 $14.3 3.7
19 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 4470 $47470 $22.82 3.8
20 Construction and Extraction Occupations 4330 $45800 $22.02 4.4
21 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 4170 $58030 $27.9 1.7
22 Waiters and Waitresses 3920 $26230 $12.61 1.6
23 Healthcare Support Occupations 3430 $36240 $17.42 3.05
24 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 3340 $37980 $18.26 1.6
25 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 3120 $78890 $37.93 0.7
26 General and Operations Managers 3010 $137600 $66.15 1.4
27 Office Clerks, General 3000 $41290 $19.85 2
28 Cashiers 2870 $25460 $12.24 2.25
29 Registered Nurses 2850 $74460 $35.8 1.9
30 Customer Service Representatives 2390 $35900 $17.26 1.75
31 Accountants and Auditors 2380 $76690 $36.87 0.9
32 Community and Social Service Occupations 2210 $49720 $23.9 1.65
33 Protective Service Occupations 2120 $51230 $24.63 2.25
34 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 2020 $85730 $41.22 1
35 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1990 $28940 $13.91 1.2
36 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1920 $27790 $13.36 1.6
37 Cooks, Restaurant 1880 $28450 $13.68 0.75
38 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1790 $61680 $29.65 0.6
39 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 1730 $81480 $39.17 0.35
40 Computer User Support Specialists 1650 $61560 $29.59 0.4
41 Software Developers, Systems Software 1600 $115540 $55.55 0.3
42 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1550 $45110 $21.69 1.1
43 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1510 $29790 $14.32 0.7
44 Personal Care Aides 1380 $25870 $12.44 1.3
45 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1350 $31260 $15.03 0.8
46 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1290 $28220 $13.57 1.6
47 Legal Occupations 1290 $99030 $47.61 0.8
48 Computer Occupations, All Other 1250 $88880 $42.73 0.2
49 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1220 $40890 $19.66 0.9
50 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1130 $54510 $26.21 1
51 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1110 $59060 $28.39 1
52 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers 1110 $38400 $18.46 0.1
53 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 1090 $81380 $39.12 0.3
54 Atmospheric and Space Scientists 1080 $102570 $49.31 0
55 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 1050 $55270 $26.57 0.5
56 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 1000 $112220 $53.95 0.1
57 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 990 $23130 $11.12 0.25
58 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 990 $31970 $15.37 0.3
59 Human Resources Specialists 960 $79790 $38.36 0.3
60 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 960 $35360 $17 0.6
61 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 960 $38540 $18.53 0.6
62 Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 920 $91640 $44.06 0.1
63 Dishwashers 880 $23380 $11.24 0.3
64 Food Preparation Workers 880 $24460 $11.76 0.6
65 Physicists 850 $101580 $48.84 0
66 Counter and Rental Clerks 830 $35390 $17.01 0.3
67 Management Analysts 790 $114790 $55.19 0.5
68 Mechanical Engineers 780 $107990 $51.92 0.2
69 Computer and Information Systems Managers 780 $150710 $72.46 0.25
70 Nursing Assistants 780 $30590 $14.71 1.05
71 Childcare Workers 760 $27990 $13.46 0.8
72 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 750 $85500 $41.1 0.2
73 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 740 $22820 $10.97 1
74 Packers and Packagers, Hand 740 $24820 $11.93 0.45
75 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 740 $57560 $27.67 0.2
76 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 730 $35740 $17.18 0.4
77 Bartenders 730 $28400 $13.65 0.4
78 Medical Assistants 720 $35810 $17.22 0.45
79 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 710 $30560 $14.69 0.3
80 Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan 690 $32730 $15.74 0.1
81 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 670 $47110 $22.65 0.5
82 Cooks, Fast Food 670 $21560 $10.37 0.3
83 Computer Hardware Engineers 670 $116080 $55.81 0.05
84 Lawyers 670 $133770 $64.31 0.5
85 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 660 $25980 $12.49 0.25
86 Carpenters 640 $42260 $20.32 0.6
87 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 630 $24450 $11.75 0.2
88 Sales Engineers 630 $124800 $60 0
89 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 630 $72960 $35.08 0.45
90 Industrial Engineers 620 $90510 $43.52 0.2
91 Aerospace Engineers 610 $123880 $59.56 0
92 Graphic Designers 610 $61670 $29.65 0.2
93 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 600 $33920 $16.31 0.2
94 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 590 $46740 $22.47 0.3
95 Home Health Aides 590 $27620 $13.28 0.7
96 Construction Laborers 580 $32930 $15.83 0.8
97 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 580 $66320 $31.89 0.4
98 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 570 $34350 $16.51 0.4
99 Computer Systems Analysts 570 $93510 $44.96 0.4
100 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 570 $97580 $46.91 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Boulder Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 60,390 176,230
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 39,720 23,060
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,710 18,280
Sales and Related Occupations 52,000 18,200
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 94,330 12,860
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 81,310 12,520
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 62,840 11,660
Management Occupations 135,500 9,210
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 85,680 9,130
Production Occupations 38,970 8,980
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 97,150 7,430
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 86,240 6,320
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 38,210 6,150
Retail Salespersons 32,680 5,490
Personal Care and Service Occupations 33,730 5,490
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 22,400 5,030
Software Developers, Applications 107,270 4,540
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,740 4,540
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 47,470 4,470
Construction and Extraction Occupations 45,800 4,330
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 58,030 4,170
Waiters and Waitresses 26,230 3,920
Healthcare Support Occupations 36,240 3,430
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 37,980 3,340
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 78,890 3,120
General and Operations Managers 137,600 3,010
Office Clerks, General 41,290 3,000
Cashiers 25,460 2,870
Registered Nurses 74,460 2,850
Customer Service Representatives 35,900 2,390
Accountants and Auditors 76,690 2,380
Community and Social Service Occupations 49,720 2,210
Protective Service Occupations 51,230 2,120
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 85,730 2,020
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,940 1,990
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 27,790 1,920
Cooks, Restaurant 28,450 1,880
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 61,680 1,790
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 81,480 1,730
Computer User Support Specialists 61,560 1,650
Software Developers, Systems Software 115,540 1,600
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 45,110 1,550
Receptionists and Information Clerks 29,790 1,510
Personal Care Aides 25,870 1,380
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 31,260 1,350
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,220 1,290
Legal Occupations 99,030 1,290
Computer Occupations, All Other 88,880 1,250
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,890 1,220
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 54,510 1,130

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Boulder, Colorado Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 60,390 176,230
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 39,720 23,060
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,710 18,280
Sales and Related Occupations 52,000 18,200
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 94,330 12,860
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 81,310 12,520
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 62,840 11,660
Management Occupations 135,500 9,210
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 85,680 9,130
Production Occupations 38,970 8,980
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 97,150 7,430
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 86,240 6,320
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 38,210 6,150
Retail Salespersons 32,680 5,490
Personal Care and Service Occupations 33,730 5,490
Software Developers, Applications 107,270 4,540
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,740 4,540
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 47,470 4,470
Construction and Extraction Occupations 45,800 4,330
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 58,030 4,170
Waiters and Waitresses 26,230 3,920
Healthcare Support Occupations 36,240 3,430
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 37,980 3,340
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 78,890 3,120
General and Operations Managers 137,600 3,010
Office Clerks, General 41,290 3,000
Cashiers 25,460 2,870
Registered Nurses 74,460 2,850
Customer Service Representatives 35,900 2,390
Accountants and Auditors 76,690 2,380
Community and Social Service Occupations 49,720 2,210
Protective Service Occupations 51,230 2,120
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 85,730 2,020
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,940 1,990
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 27,790 1,920
Cooks, Restaurant 28,450 1,880
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 61,680 1,790
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 81,480 1,730
Computer User Support Specialists 61,560 1,650
Software Developers, Systems Software 115,540 1,600
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 45,110 1,550
Receptionists and Information Clerks 29,790 1,510
Personal Care Aides 25,870 1,380
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 31,260 1,350
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,220 1,290
Legal Occupations 99,030 1,290
Computer Occupations, All Other 88,880 1,250
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,890 1,220
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 54,510 1,130
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 59,060 1,110

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