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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 149830 $48750 $23.44 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 21370 $36840 $17.71 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 17700 $39000 $18.75 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 17160 $24550 $11.8 8.3
5 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 10420 $49440 $23.77 6.15
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 9120 $80320 $38.62 5.75
7 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 7930 $68910 $33.13 5.05
8 Construction and Extraction Occupations 7880 $45100 $21.68 4.4
9 Production Occupations 6990 $40140 $19.3 5.85
10 Retail Salespersons 6550 $27570 $13.25 3.1
11 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 6520 $34260 $16.47 6.45
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 5940 $47560 $22.87 3.8
13 Management Occupations 5690 $113560 $54.59 6.05
14 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 5050 $85980 $41.34 2.8
15 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 4980 $29450 $14.16 3.7
16 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 4890 $20940 $10.07 2.15
17 Personal Care and Service Occupations 4670 $28930 $13.91 4.1
18 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 4350 $91090 $43.8 1.65
19 Cashiers 3840 $22160 $10.65 2.25
20 Healthcare Support Occupations 3650 $33750 $16.22 3.05
21 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 3480 $35820 $17.22 1.6
22 Waiters and Waitresses 3280 $26220 $12.61 1.6
23 Registered Nurses 3260 $65930 $31.7 1.9
24 Office Clerks, General 3120 $35530 $17.08 2
25 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 2880 $69280 $33.31 0.9
26 Protective Service Occupations 2720 $46970 $22.58 2.25
27 Cooks, Restaurant 2390 $26070 $12.53 0.75
28 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2080 $27080 $13.02 1.2
29 General and Operations Managers 2070 $109870 $52.82 1.4
30 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 2060 $47030 $22.61 1.7
31 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 2010 $70550 $33.92 0.7
32 Community and Social Service Occupations 1910 $47750 $22.96 1.65
33 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1810 $28570 $13.74 1.6
34 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1680 $28850 $13.87 1.6
35 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1650 $39880 $19.17 1.1
36 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1650 $32140 $15.45 0.8
37 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1420 $72280 $34.75 1
38 Accountants and Auditors 1400 $64840 $31.18 0.9
39 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1370 $49840 $23.96 1
40 Nursing Assistants 1340 $29420 $14.14 1.05
41 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1330 $38080 $18.31 0.9
42 Personal Care Aides 1260 $23710 $11.4 1.3
43 Construction Laborers 1240 $29300 $14.09 0.8
44 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1210 $67620 $32.51 0.6
45 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1160 $30230 $14.53 0.7
46 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1120 $59570 $28.64 1
47 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1080 $38000 $18.27 0.6
48 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1000 $38380 $18.45 0.6
49 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1000 $22510 $10.82 1
50 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 960 $42870 $20.61 1.2
51 Software Developers, Applications 950 $89550 $43.05 0.5
52 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 930 $48290 $23.22 0.3
53 Bartenders 930 $27200 $13.08 0.4
54 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 880 $44810 $21.54 0.5
55 Computer User Support Specialists 840 $53160 $25.56 0.4
56 Security Guards 820 $25600 $12.31 0.7
57 Counter and Rental Clerks 780 $29220 $14.05 0.3
58 Carpenters 760 $42450 $20.41 0.6
59 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 760 $21530 $10.35 0.25
60 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 750 $63380 $30.47 0.35
61 Computer Hardware Engineers 730 $121510 $58.42 0.05
62 Electricians 700 $55140 $26.51 0.4
63 Computer Occupations, All Other 690 $93220 $44.82 0.2
64 Medical Secretaries 660 $41130 $19.77 0.4
65 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 660 $57130 $27.47 0.2
66 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 650 $67040 $32.23 0.4
67 Food Preparation Workers 650 $23670 $11.38 0.6
68 Civil Engineers 630 $104840 $50.4 0.2
69 Dishwashers 610 $21020 $10.11 0.3
70 Information and Record Clerks, All Other 580 $47210 $22.7 0.1
71 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 560 $26720 $12.85 0.3
72 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 560 $70980 $34.12 0.45
73 Home Health Aides 550 $23920 $11.5 0.7
74 Legal Occupations 550 $107570 $51.71 0.8
75 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 550 $44030 $21.17 0.25
76 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 550 $49730 $23.91 0.2
77 Medical Assistants 540 $31540 $15.16 0.45
78 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 520 $20900 $10.05 0.3
79 Driver/Sales Workers 510 $27900 $13.41 0.3
80 Conservation Scientists 500 $69370 $33.35 0
81 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 490 $30410 $14.62 0.4
82 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 490 $41920 $20.16 0.2
83 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 480 $29180 $14.03 0.4
84 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 480 $49980 $24.03 0.5
85 Billing and Posting Clerks 470 $38630 $18.57 0.35
86 Dental Assistants 470 $39740 $19.11 0.2
87 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 460 $61440 $29.54 0.2
88 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 450 $80670 $38.78 0.3
89 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 450 $31350 $15.07 0.25
90 Construction Managers 450 $92120 $44.29 0.2
91 Insurance Sales Agents 440 $54520 $26.21 0.3
92 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 430 $47290 $22.73 0.3
93 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 430 $41400 $19.91 0.2
94 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 430 $28150 $13.53 0.3
95 Human Resources Specialists 430 $65850 $31.66 0.3
96 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 420 $69570 $33.45 0.4
97 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers 420 $39110 $18.8 0.1
98 Tellers 420 $26740 $12.86 0.3
99 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 420 $33510 $16.11 0.1
100 Recreation Workers 410 $28580 $13.74 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Fort Collins Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 48,750 149,830
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,840 21,370
Sales and Related Occupations 39,000 17,700
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 24,550 17,160
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 49,440 10,420
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 80,320 9,120
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 68,910 7,930
Construction and Extraction Occupations 45,100 7,880
Production Occupations 40,140 6,990
Retail Salespersons 27,570 6,550
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,260 6,520
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 47,560 5,940
Management Occupations 113,560 5,690
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 85,980 5,050
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,450 4,980
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,940 4,890
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,930 4,670
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 91,090 4,350
Cashiers 22,160 3,840
Healthcare Support Occupations 33,750 3,650
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,820 3,480
Waiters and Waitresses 26,220 3,280
Registered Nurses 65,930 3,260
Office Clerks, General 35,530 3,120
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 69,280 2,880
Protective Service Occupations 46,970 2,720
Cooks, Restaurant 26,070 2,390
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,080 2,080
General and Operations Managers 109,870 2,070
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 47,030 2,060
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 70,550 2,010
Community and Social Service Occupations 47,750 1,910
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,570 1,810
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,850 1,680
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,880 1,650
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 32,140 1,650
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 72,280 1,420
Accountants and Auditors 64,840 1,400
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 49,840 1,370
Nursing Assistants 29,420 1,340
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,080 1,330
Personal Care Aides 23,710 1,260
Construction Laborers 29,300 1,240
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 67,620 1,210
Receptionists and Information Clerks 30,230 1,160
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 59,570 1,120
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 38,000 1,080
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 38,380 1,000
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 22,510 1,000
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,870 960

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 48,750 149,830
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,840 21,370
Sales and Related Occupations 39,000 17,700
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 49,440 10,420
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 80,320 9,120
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 68,910 7,930
Construction and Extraction Occupations 45,100 7,880
Production Occupations 40,140 6,990
Retail Salespersons 27,570 6,550
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,260 6,520
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 47,560 5,940
Management Occupations 113,560 5,690
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 85,980 5,050
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,450 4,980
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,930 4,670
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 91,090 4,350
Healthcare Support Occupations 33,750 3,650
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,820 3,480
Waiters and Waitresses 26,220 3,280
Registered Nurses 65,930 3,260
Office Clerks, General 35,530 3,120
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 69,280 2,880
Protective Service Occupations 46,970 2,720
Cooks, Restaurant 26,070 2,390
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,080 2,080
General and Operations Managers 109,870 2,070
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 47,030 2,060
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 70,550 2,010
Community and Social Service Occupations 47,750 1,910
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,570 1,810
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,850 1,680
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,880 1,650
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 32,140 1,650
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 72,280 1,420
Accountants and Auditors 64,840 1,400
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 49,840 1,370
Nursing Assistants 29,420 1,340
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,080 1,330
Construction Laborers 29,300 1,240
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 67,620 1,210
Receptionists and Information Clerks 30,230 1,160
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 59,570 1,120
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 38,000 1,080
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 38,380 1,000
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,870 960
Software Developers, Applications 89,550 950
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 48,290 930
Bartenders 27,200 930
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 44,810 880
Computer User Support Specialists 53,160 840

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