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Fort Collins Employment

Employment and Industries in the Fort Collins, Colorado Area

Fort Collins has a well balanced economy. Fort Collins also has a well educated workforce. Fort Collins has been ranked #1 in Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" list. The manufacturing base includes companies such as Hewlett Packard, Woodward, In-Situ, Water Pik, and Anheuser-Busch. The resources and research facilities at Colorado State University have helped to attract a variety of hi-tech firms. Fort Collins includes offices for AMD, Intel, National Semi-Conductor, Avago, Pelco and LSI. Bioscience, clean energy and agri-tech industries are also part of the local economy.

Companies in Fort Collins produce numerous goods including scientific instruments, aircraft and parts, industrial chemicals, measuring and controlling instruments, communications equipment, solar technology, Smart Grid technology, bio fuels, turbines and communications equipment.

The major non-agricultural sectors for employment in Fort Collins are:

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

Some of the occupations more prevalent in Fort Collins when compared to most cities are umpires, referees and other sports officials; forest and conservation technicians, boilermakers, insulation workers, biological technicians, biological scientists, veterinary technologists and technicians, natural science managers and veterinarians.

A list of the largest employers in the Fort Collins area is shown below:

  • Colorado State University
  • Poudre School District
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Agilent Technologies
  • Poudre Valley Health System
  • Thompson School District
  • Larimer County
  • City of Fort Collins
  • McKee Medical Center
  • Advanced Energy
  • Eastman Kodak
  • Water Pik Technologies
  • LSI Logic
  • Anheuser-Bush
  • Woodward Governor

The Fort Collins Technology Incubator program includes a collection of programs which focus on assisting new companies. The Northern Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with Colorado State University, helps businesses expand and encourages technology transfer to help new companies. The Colorado FIRST customized job training program helps companies with the training of current and new employees for permanent jobs and offers custom designed job specific training programs.

Noteworthy information regarding Fort Collins: On a yearly basis, the number of patents produced in Fort Collins is close to four times the Nation's city average. About 48% of the population over the age of 25 hold a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 91.6. The nation's average is 100. The estimated median household income in Fort Collins in 2007 was $47,000.

Fort Collins companies have access to business organizations such as:

The Coloradoan.com offers up-to-date information regarding the business activities in Fort Collins.

Jobs in Fort Collins

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations154510$49,950$24.01100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations21120$37,470$18.0214.35
3Sales and Related Occupations17820$39,570$19.029.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations17110$25,760$12.388.55
5Education, Training, and Library Occupations9690$54,290$26.16.05
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations9440$82,250$39.555.8
7Business and Financial Operations Occupations8520$68,570$32.975.25
8Construction and Extraction Occupations8340$47,300$22.744.45
9Production Occupations7610$42,100$20.245.7
10Transportation and Material Moving Occupations7600$34,090$16.396.55
11Retail Salespersons6720$27,600$13.272.85
12Management Occupations5930$115,150$55.366.15
13Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations5540$30,410$14.623.65
14Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations5290$48,920$23.523.8
15Personal Care and Service Occupations5110$30,740$14.784.3
16Computer and Mathematical Occupations5020$91,030$43.762.9
17Architecture and Engineering Occupations4670$85,070$40.91.7
18Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food4410$22,350$10.752.3
19Healthcare Support Occupations4030$33,830$16.273
20Cashiers3960$23,850$11.472.2
21Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations3640$68,580$32.970.8
22Registered Nurses3360$70,380$33.831.95
23Waiters and Waitresses3270$28,990$13.941.7
24Office Clerks, General3200$35,810$17.221.9
25Protective Service Occupations2620$45,690$21.972.2
26Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive2600$35,750$17.191.5
27Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations2370$47,120$22.651.8
28Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2180$29,360$14.121.55
29Business Operations Specialists, All Other2150$73,480$35.330.7
30General and Operations Managers2130$105,750$50.841.5
31Stock Clerks and Order Fillers2060$28,360$13.631.3
32Cooks, Restaurant2030$27,240$13.10.8
33Community and Social Service Occupations2000$51,160$24.61.65
34Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1900$32,720$15.730.8
35Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1780$29,650$14.251.7
36Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1700$40,000$19.231.05
37Nursing Assistants1520$31,070$14.941
38Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1510$39,930$19.20.9
39Construction Laborers1450$32,910$15.820.8
40Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1390$73,620$35.390.9
41Accountants and Auditors1330$68,740$33.050.9
42First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1330$48,990$23.551
43Personal Care Aides1300$24,930$11.981.5
44Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1210$39,340$18.911.2
45Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1150$67,100$32.260.6
46Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters1110$49,860$23.970.3
47Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1100$23,120$11.120.9
48First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1080$57,650$27.710.95
49Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1070$38,080$18.310.6
50Receptionists and Information Clerks1070$30,390$14.610.7
51First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1020$37,830$18.190.6
52Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists1010$62,510$30.050.4
53Software Developers, Applications890$100,050$48.10.55
54Bartenders870$27,270$13.110.4
55Security Guards850$25,260$12.140.7
56Information and Record Clerks, All Other820$45,320$21.790.1
57Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics790$52,070$25.030.5
58Computer Occupations, All Other790$89,140$42.860.2
59Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop790$23,380$11.240.3
60Counter and Rental Clerks780$34,520$16.590.3
61Carpenters760$47,020$22.610.7
62Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents740$49,870$23.980.2
63Computer User Support Specialists720$57,260$27.530.4
64First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers710$66,370$31.910.4
65Civil Engineers700$82,170$39.510.2
66Electricians700$58,170$27.970.4
67Food Preparation Workers700$23,490$11.290.6
68Conservation Scientists690$69,090$33.220
69Dishwashers690$21,930$10.540.3
70Medical Secretaries680$41,640$20.020.4
71Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria640$26,890$12.930.3
72Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants640$49,430$23.770.35
73Legal Occupations640$100,370$48.260.8
74Medical Assistants640$31,970$15.370.45
75Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers580$35,080$16.870
76Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists570$34,400$16.540.4
77Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators570$49,840$23.960.2
78Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators550$34,360$16.520.35
79Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers550$48,620$23.380.3
80Billing and Posting Clerks540$38,070$18.30.3
81Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education530$28,670$13.790.3
82Self-Enrichment Education Teachers530$31,460$15.130.2
83Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors520$40,700$19.570.2
84First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers510$71,800$34.520.4
85Construction Managers500$92,320$44.380.3
86Human Resources Specialists500$63,410$30.490.35
87Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers500$77,260$37.150.4
88Dental Assistants490$39,460$18.970.2
89Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks480$24,910$11.970.2
90Tellers470$28,010$13.470.3
91Child, Family, and School Social Workers460$41,220$19.820.2
92Machinists460$46,210$22.220.25
93Amusement and Recreation Attendants450$23,400$11.250.2
94Computer Hardware Engineers450$129,090$62.060
95Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers440$35,780$17.20
96Management Analysts440$100,270$48.210.5
97Network and Computer Systems Administrators440$78,030$37.510.25
98Veterinary Technologists and Technicians430$35,940$17.280.1
99Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers420$42,090$20.240.1
100Food Servers, Nonrestaurant410$24,700$11.880.2
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Jobs More Common Near Fort Collins Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$49,950154,510
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,47021,120
Sales and Related Occupations$39,57017,820
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,76017,110
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$54,2909,690
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$82,2509,440
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$68,5708,520
Construction and Extraction Occupations$47,3008,340
Production Occupations$42,1007,610
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,0907,600
Retail Salespersons$27,6006,720
Management Occupations$115,1505,930
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,4105,540
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$48,9205,290
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,7405,110
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$91,0305,020
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$85,0704,670
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$22,3504,410
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,8304,030
Cashiers$23,8503,960
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$68,5803,640
Registered Nurses$70,3803,360
Waiters and Waitresses$28,9903,270
Office Clerks, General$35,8103,200
Protective Service Occupations$45,6902,620
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,7502,600
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,1202,370
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$29,3602,180
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$73,4802,150
General and Operations Managers$105,7502,130
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,3602,060
Cooks, Restaurant$27,2402,030
Community and Social Service Occupations$51,1602,000
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$32,7201,900
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,6501,780
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,0001,700
Nursing Assistants$31,0701,520
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,9301,510
Construction Laborers$32,9101,450
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$73,6201,390
Accountants and Auditors$68,7401,330
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$48,9901,330
Personal Care Aides$24,9301,300
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$39,3401,210
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$67,1001,150
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$49,8601,110
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,1201,100
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$57,6501,080
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$38,0801,070
Receptionists and Information Clerks$30,3901,070

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$49,950154,510
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,47021,120
Sales and Related Occupations$39,57017,820
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,76017,110
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$54,2909,690
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$82,2509,440
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$68,5708,520
Construction and Extraction Occupations$47,3008,340
Production Occupations$42,1007,610
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,0907,600
Retail Salespersons$27,6006,720
Management Occupations$115,1505,930
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,4105,540
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$48,9205,290
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,7405,110
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$91,0305,020
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$85,0704,670
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,8304,030
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$68,5803,640
Registered Nurses$70,3803,360
Waiters and Waitresses$28,9903,270
Office Clerks, General$35,8103,200
Protective Service Occupations$45,6902,620
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,7502,600
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,1202,370
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$29,3602,180
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$73,4802,150
General and Operations Managers$105,7502,130
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,3602,060
Cooks, Restaurant$27,2402,030
Community and Social Service Occupations$51,1602,000
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$32,7201,900
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,6501,780
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,0001,700
Nursing Assistants$31,0701,520
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,9301,510
Construction Laborers$32,9101,450
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$73,6201,390
Accountants and Auditors$68,7401,330
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$48,9901,330
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$39,3401,210
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$67,1001,150
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$49,8601,110
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$57,6501,080
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$38,0801,070
Receptionists and Information Clerks$30,3901,070
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$37,8301,020
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$62,5101,010
Software Developers, Applications$100,050890
Bartenders$27,270870

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