Colorado has the best labor pool in the country, as well as the second most educated population (Forbes, 2015).

Our young, skilled and growing workforce makes a critical contribution to the vitality of the Colorado economy. World-class educational programs and research facilities, as well as a state commitment to supporting customized job training programs, assures that our workforce skills will remain cutting edge, allowing employers to compete in a global economy.

A few Colorado workforce highlights:

  • Aerospace: With more than 2,400 employed, there is a 60% higher concentration of aerospace engineers in Colorado than the U.S. as a whole.
  • Defense & Homeland Security: While over the past decade military occupations have decreased nationally, in Colorado, military occupations have increased by nearly 12,500.
  • Energy & Natural Resources: Colorado has nearly a 270% higher concentration of mining and geological engineers than the U.S. as a whole.
  • Financial Services: From 2004 to 2013, those employed as securities, commodities and financial services sales agents increased in Colorado by nearly 43%.

Source: EMSI Analyst, 2014.2



Coloradans are among the nation’s most highly educated populations, ranking 2nd in the number of citizens with a bachelor’s degree. Our colleges and universities offer a broad range of business, management, engineering and technical degrees, and most graduates remain in Colorado to pursue their careers.  

Investing in primary education is critical to ensure that the youth of today are prepared to be the workforce and leaders of tomorrow. Colorado supports this through the P-20 education innovation, which includes college and career readiness and educator effectiveness, as well as the pre-K-12 accountability.

In the Colorado higher education system, there are over 470 institutions, educating approximately 400,000 students. Click here to see a list of all higher education institutions in Colorado.

Educational Attainment  High School Graduates  College Graduates
Colorado  88.7% 35.5%
U.S.  84.2% 27.2%

Colorado Job Training Programs

Bridging the gap between business needs and future employees is critical to ensure long-term success of a business. Colorado offers two customized job training programs for companies that are locating or expanding in Colorado to ensure that the local workforce has the required technical skills:

  • Colorado First Customized Job Training Program provides job training funds to assist individual businesses in designing specialized training programs. Colorado First is intended for companies that are relocating to Colorado or hiring new employees. Group training for small businesses with similar needs is available. Learn more
  • Colorado Existing Industry Job Training Program provides assistance to established Colorado businesses in order to remain competitive. Learn more

For more information, contact Simon Fox

Hire for Colorado - Employers

The Hire for Colorado program connects skilled and motivated Coloradans who are long-term unemployed with Colorado companies that can utilize their skills and provide critical on-the-job training. Learn more at