Denver Vocational, Trade and Technical Schools

With 8.2 percent population growth from 2010 to 2013 and an unemployment rate decrease of an entire percentage point from March 2014 to April 2014, Denver is poised to require an increase of trained worker now and in the future. That demand, in turn, should fuel trade, technical, and vocational schools in Denver.

The city's diverse economy revolves around information technology, manufacturing, energy and mining, telecommunications, and tourism. Denver-area technical schools strive to supply a skilled work force and offer degree, certificate and diploma programs that could help propel prepared graduates into the workforce. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov) lists the following Denver-area employment numbers from May 2014:

  • Education and health services: 167,300 -- from 138,100 in 2009
  • Financial activities: 95,800 -- from 92,800 in 2009
  • Leisure and Hospitality: 147,400 -- from 128,000 in 2009
  • Professional and business services: 242,100 -- from 203,300 in 2009
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities: 243,500 -- from 233,600 in 2009

Denver, Colorado's economy and jobs

The Denver metro area is situated halfway between large Midwest cities such as Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Louis, and large West Coast cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. This location makes Denver ideal for the manufacturing, distribution, trade, information technology and telecommunications employment sectors -- all of which are supported by local trade schools. The city's economy is relatively stable and features a lower unemployment rate than the national average. The median household income for Denver was $49,091 from 2008 to 2012, and the BLS gives the following median hourly wages for selected jobs in the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield area in May 2013:

  • Medical assistants, $16.30
  • Automotive service technicians and mechanics, $18.12
  • Computer user support specialists, $25.12
  • Radiology technologists, $30.04
  • Electrical power line installers and repairers, $36.86

Given Denver's beautiful mountain backdrop, outdoor recreation, resorts, and entertainment venues, it's no surprise that tourism is also an important component of the city's economy. According to Visit Denver, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Mile High City had a record number of visitors in 2012, with 13.6 million people visiting Denver for business or pleasure. As a result, the city is looking at an increased demand for hospitality, leisure and recreation workers. If a satisfying job in this vibrant city sounds promising, you may want to explore Denver's trade, technical and vocational schools.


Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economy at a Glance, May 2014, http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.co_denver_msa.htm

Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_19740.htm

Denver, Colorado, U.S. Census Bureau, QuickFacts, June 11, 2014, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/08/0820000.html

"Denver Tourism Breaks Records in 2012," PR Newswire, June 19, 2013, http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/denver-tourism-breaks-records-in-2012-212190441.html

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